“I have a mental illness” is a statement which carries a lot of weight. There is an unfortunate shame and stigma, as well as stereotype, which accompanies the term “mental illness.” From depression to anxiety, from bipolar to borderline personality disorder, for years mental health disorders and psychiatric disorders find people being labeled as things other than their actual issue. One is ever merely depressed- they’re overly emotional, too sensitive, and take things too seriously. One is never anxious- they worry too much, care too much, or don’t have anything better to do with their time. Bipolar is often described as crazy. People with borderline personality disorder as sometimes called monsters. The negativity which comes with mental health is being fought every day by advocates, calling for fair treatment, compassion, and understanding for those who struggle.
Convincing the entire world that mental illness is not a bad thing, just something that has to be lived with, is a tall challenge. So tall a challenge , in fact, that people hide their mental illnesses from their families, their spouses, or new romantic interests- even their friends. For fear of being judged and treated differently, millions of people around the world suffer silently. Many go without an actual diagnosis, therefore never receiving treatment. Others make such an intricate effort out of hiding their mental illness that their therapeutic efforts are thwarted.
Disclosing your mental illness to anyone is a remarkably personal choice. You have to decide what you want people to know and what you don’t. Do you have to hide your mental illness? No. You don’t have anything to be ashamed of. Working on your mental health, taking medication, seeing a therapist, or even attending a residential treatment program like the ones offered aurora Recovery Center, are not shameful acts. They are signs of strength and courage. It takes a remarkable amount of bravery to stare down a global stigma and choose to believe differently. Most people fall into opinions which are convenient and comfortable. Sometimes, mental illness, just isn’t comfortable. By transcending beyond what society thinks, you act for yourself. That Is nothing to be ashamed about.
Aurora Recovery Centre is a dual diagnosis treatment center providing residential care for both mental health disorders and substance disorders. We are here to light the way to lifelong recovery. If you or a loved one are suffering and are in need of help, call Aurora today at 844-515-STOP.