Mental Health Stigma: My thoughts

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I’ve been called all sorts of names, crazy, unstable or even psycho because I have a mental illness.

Too many people these days are abusive towards people with mental health issues. They see them as weak, vulnerable, incompetent or incapable. They really lack understanding of mental illnesses and what they truly are.

These people take advantage of people’s weak points  and use your mental illness against you.  They say you will never amount to much. That you will never achieve your goals. They belittle your dreams. They say sarcastic things and then say “just joking.”

I’ve walked away from many people because their attitude towards me stinks. It is just something you have to do these days.

Now I try and surround myself with positive people who lift me up. Those people who I see achieving success in life are my role models. I’m not just talking about financially I’m also talking about spirituality.

Some people who read this blog will know I follow Hebrew law, statues and commandments. I find that many people in my faith are highly judgemental of people like me. Sometimes I feel like I lack acceptance because I suffer with bipolar.

So now I’m focusing on the positive people within my faith and also in business circles who accept me. I delete people from my life who don’t want to be respectful or kind towards me. These people offer me nothing at all.

So follow your heart. Do the things that make you smile. Network and talk to people from different walks of life. Read books. Meditate and exercise regularly. Do those things that you love doing and forget about your mental illness for a while.

You are responsible for the choices you make in life. Don’t let others dictate to you what you can and can’t do. Life is not a dress rehearsal it is the real thing. So make sure you are real and authentic and just be yourself.

Don’t dwell on the past, move forward. The past is the past. It’s ancient history. You will become stronger and more confident in yourself with time. As you grow you will blossom into a beautiful butterfly and experience so much joy.

So forget the stigma, keep just being you, your true self and don’t pretend to be someone you are not. If people are for you they will not leave you based on the fact that you have a mental illness. The real ones will stay and help you work through things and navigate your way through life.

 

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4 Comments

  1. Melissa says:

    I understand what you are going through. When I first got diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and OCD I felt so alone. I felt like I didn’t belong and I was the odd one out. Now when I look back I see that having a mental illness means that I am more empathetic towards others who are struggling and I have learnt to cope with my symptoms the best way I know how to. Thanks for your post once again!

    1. Ally says:

      Your are very welcome. The stigma is still strong but gradually it’s starting to get better. Whatever you do don’t give up and keep pushing on. You might find some new friends if you join a support group. There are many mental health support groups. There are some on Facebook you can even join as well. Just jump on Facebook and search for “Bipolar Support”and you will find the groups.

      Take care Melissa.

  2. Johnathan says:

    I agree there really is a stigma when it comes to mental illnesses. I have had people walk out of my life because they cant seem to relate to me, or they are moving forward in life and I’m just staying the same.

    That’s why I’m glad I found this blog because it talks about the real issues! Keep it up Ally: 💕l

    1. Ally says:

      Thanks once again Johnathan. Unfortunately their is still a stigma and people sometimes like to cut contact with people with mental illnesses because they feel a bit scared or uncomfortable. But I find that the people I know who have serious mental health issues and from my own experiences, I find people with mental health issues to generally to be nice, kind people. But then again we have the media who is constantly telling bad stories about people with mental illnesses committing crimes. The fact of the matter is that people from all walks of life can be criminals and not just those that are mentally ill.

      Hope you catch my drift. Thanks for the comment once again! 🙂

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