7 Things I Wish People Knew About Mental Illness


 

Here at Schizophrenic.NYC, we wanted to illustrate a way to show the common misconceptions that most of the general public has about people who have a mental illness. When we put this infographic together, we thought of the experiences we had with family, friends or other people who may have said things to us at times that meant well, yet really hurt. We hope this gives people a new understanding of what it’s like to live with a mental illness.

To view the original infographic, click here.

1. I’m not lazy.

Depression is just so severe that we can’t perform daily functions. Everything physically feels like it’s too much, our throats close up just at the thought of taking care of ourselves or socializing.

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2. I’m not always confident.

We constantly feel like we’re being judged. Having  mental illness can make you feel like you have a mark and that creates a lot of self-doubt.

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3. Sometimes I’m more stable, but I’m not cured.

There are days of stability for all of us; but it doesn’t mean we’re all better. Mental illness is chronic; it’s not the flu. It doesn’t just go away.

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4. I have bad days even with meds. 

Medication doesn’t make us impervious to life. If something bad happens, we react, and if we are in a bad mood, we’re still going to be in a bad mood.

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5. It hurts when you’re ashamed of my diagnosis.

There’s nothing more upsetting than to think that the people you love might be embarrassed by something you can’t control.

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6. Don’t say, “It could be worse.”

We’re well aware it could be worse. You make us feel selfish for dealing with chronic illness.

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7. I know who my support team is, and I love you.

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