Admitting you have a cold is easy - the running nose and coughing give you away. Undergoing chemotherapy is generally noticeable. Having your arm in a cast is usually a giveaway that your arm is hurt. Many diseases or illnesses have noticeable signs and we know when a person is battling them, but there are diseases who torture the afflicted silently. There are diseases that paralyze a person into a silent and private shame. We tend to think if the person just “sucked it up” or “fought harder” they would be better.
I am here to tell you that there is nothing more we would rather do than “suck it up” and “fight harder” and “move one”, but it isn’t that easy. Just as the body goes through a process of healing from a broken arm, cancer, a cold, etc. the body must go through a process of healing when it comes to mental illnesses.