Why is there a stigma of mental illnesses?
As it is a wall of separation.
I will argue on behalf of depression, but it should be applicable to every other mental disease.
A depression conveys the image of a differentiation in feeling. It per definition measures emotions. It is assumed by the uninformed that a depressed has stronger, in its case sadder emotions, than a non depressed.
Who are the depressed to judge, that their feelings are outweighing those of others? Who are these people to trivialize the irrefutable emotions of healthy men and women?
If they are allowed to just be depressed, they are also allowed to debauch in their obsession of self-deprecation, while others are not. Those not afflicted can and have to continue their work and daily life. Depressives do not. They would be allowed to stay in bed and de- or regenerate, if this stigma is not upheld. They would be allowed to continually imply that some feelings are rooted deeper, are elevated, being pivotal to the perpetuation of their very own existence.
The problem is, these feelings intrinsically are. Anyone, still struggling to accept this condition as an illness, is ignoring the fact, that it is a question of chemical disproportion or malnutrition and not the simple lack of will. Are you willing to take a look at this problem with an open, rational mind or do you want to perpetually enable judgement of alien, of men and women barely know, if at all? Do you seek confirmation of your own worldview or information?
I can turn the tides in this argumentation without a problem and at my will.
You are a lazy cunt, because you are physically ill! Take care of your own body, don’t get sick, pay attention, be cautious.
Well evidently this argumentation is flawed. There is obviously something wrong function of a damaged body. However exactly the same is the case in every mental illness. The brain doesn’t work the way it should. The apparent problem is: It is an invisible illness to the unwary observer. Not even the smitten is initially aware and exactly as a cancer patient, cannot be forced to receive treatment whichever is preferred. Neither is an uninformed in any position to enforce or give solid advice, every situation is different. I had to learn that recently and I will not repeat my mistake. I am truly sorry for this mistake.
Let us take my arm for example, it works perfectly fine. Although sometimes I feel a pain for in my view, concealed reasons. Although these reason are hidden away from my perception, I somehow manage to not roam the halls of the nearest hospital and accuse random people of laziness and cretinism, for the simple reason of a broken arm. Additionally I do not try to give advice on how one could have prevented the injury from occurring ever again, just because my arm works as it should.
In the end it is not exactly a difficult question why there is a stigma. Some want to transform this question, into a very nuanced problem with various aspects, to even further degrade those living under the pressure of a societal failure. Stigmata are mind-killers. They are fear of alterity. The fearful does not assert its view, truth on the contrary will by itself.
This particular stigma hurts individuals, as well as families and society. It increases the illness’ effect and drives the affected further into desperation and worsens the graveness of their condition. Everybody should ask themselves the same question: What qualifies me to judge others? You will come up with various reasons.
Think harder and stand upright,
© – Jonapluswords
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