Do you believe in it? I know that I do, and that it can often be more debilatating than many physical problems.
I know that some people don't believe that such a thing as mental illness exists, and I was wondering, if you donot believe in it, what do you think it is, and why? I am a VERY open-minded person, and I know that it is extremely hard for those who have not ever had one to understand.
I am asking this question because I have a mental illness, and the other day I came across an article that a man wrote on the subject, and that he believes that there is no such thing, and that those who say they have one are faking it or insane.
I refuse to believe that all who don't believe in mental illness are that rude and narrow minded, and would like to say that if you don't then I donot discriminate.
If you do believe in them, then could you state why you do, and to what extent? And if you are reading this and have one, then I wish you the best of luck and the most amazing life of all time. <3
I believe whole-heartedly that mental illnesses do exist, for several reasons:
My mother has been going through depressions for the past several years, as well as having an anxiety disorder. She had panic attacks periodically before she started taking a new medication.
My (now ex) boyfriend, two of my uncles, and my grandmother are all bipolar.
My neighbors have two little boys, both of whom are autistic.
For me, because I interact with people who have various "mental illnesses" on a daily basis, it's very clear to me that they are real.
On a semi-related note, I highly reccomend reading Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet to anyone who is interested in, or doesn't believe in mental illness. It's Tammet's autobiography; he has Asperger's syndrome.