I am a 30 year old Navy Veteran and college student. I suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder with depression. About to weeks ago I was in my medical anthropology class. We were having a class discussion and a student asked why psychological pain wasn’t a valid form of pain. Another student said because it doesn’t effect the persons quality of life.
I passionately and very loudly asked if they have ever met someone with mental illness I then stated because I have one and it sucks and is hard and painful everyday!
Nobody really said much after that I had shocked myself by proclaiming I had a mental illness, not to mention feeling embarrassed about what I had just said. And then I thought, well if it takes me proclaiming my mental illness in front of 40 semi-strangers and educating them with my personal experience and knowledge of mental illness and the real pain and shame that comes with the illness to start removing the stigma of mental illness, so be it!
You are not alone, we are not alone, in this fight!
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