The Strength Behind People With Mental Illness

October 20, 2014 12:28 PM

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The Strength Behind People With Mental Illness

There's a very uninformed, ongoing stigma that mental illness is some sort of weakness. There's an equally uninformed stigma that if a person can't "deal with" their mental illness on their own, that they're weak. Both of these mindsets reflect a willful lack of education, but they are not what I want to address here. What I want to address is that not only are these stigmas inaccurate, but they couldn't be farther from the truth. People who deal with mental illness have an incredible amount of strength, even though many times they don't see it.

1. They're at war with their own bodies: There is nothing more exhausting than struggling against your own body. And in the case of mental illness, it's not even your physical body you're fighting against. It's your mind. The idea that your brain doesn't want you to function and be happy is terrifyi...

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