It could be people need to stop battling mental illness and learn to live with the illnesses making the necessary adjustments and receiving the medications or treatments available as recommended by their doctor. Words like battling and surviving make us and others believe we have the ability to fight the illness.
We need to treat brain illness like any other chronic disease such as diabetes, high blood pressure, drug addiction or obesity. There is still little acceptance of mental illness — how often do you call into work and say “I can’t come in because I am just sad” or “I won’t be at work today because I can’t leave the house”? No one does. Most people with brain illness go to considerable effort to hide their brain illnesses; they tell only their closest friends. They live with shame in additional to their illnesses. Sometimes family members will use their illnesses against them in an argument or other cruel act.