Here are a few common myths about mentally ill people debunked:
1. People With Mental Illnesses Are Violent
We have been hearing this pile of horseshit for years. Republicans seem to always think about mental illness when a shooting happens. We are actually more likely to be the victims of violence than the perpetrators.
2. People who have mental illnesses don't look happy.
We don't all wear our mental illnesses on our faces. Many of us get very good at acting happy. People don't always want to hear our pain. We all get plenty of practice hiding our pain from our loved ones.
3. We are at fault for our conditions.
Don't let anyone tell you that. This is like blaming a diabetic for their pancreas not working. Our brain chemicals are fucked up. Trust me; if we could make it all stop, we would.
4. We all need medication.
Many of us do need medication at some point, but not everyone needs them. Some people only need them for a short period of time.
5. We all keep it to ourselves.
Many people (myself included) are more open about it than others. Many celebrities talk about it openly. It is your illness; you can talk about it as much as you want to. It is your personal health information.