Life, Love, and Passports

State of mind

Mental illness has always been something that has both fascinated and scared me. Having trained as a psychiatric / mental health nurse a lot of the mystery was uncovered. In hindsight I do feel like it was such a massive responsibility on such young people!
While watching an episode of Homeland I was disturbed by a scene of a person with a mental health issue having their medicines tampered with and people waiting around for her to have a psychotic episode. Would they do this to a diabetic or somebody with a cardiac problem? I don’t think so. It’s always the mental health issues that seem to be a free for all.

I’ll be the first to admit that I often label people as psychotic, delusional, bipolar or generally mentally unstable. This is so wrong because it minimises the severity of these conditions.
People often label themselves with mental conditions the most popular being ‘I’m so depressed’ Depression is a clinical diagnosis and has nothing to do with feeling down.

There’s still far too much ignorance around as far as mental illness goes. Like other medical conditions early intervention and treatment is the way to go. There are many individuals on treatment and leading a stable life. There is help available and we should let people facing difficulties know this.

People affected need support not criticism. Be the kind of person a friend would feel safe discussing not just handbags and shoes with but also issues that affect their mental state.
I know it was just a program but it was meant to entertain and that is worrying!


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