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  1. What a great post! I can’t tell you HOW great right now, since I had a really bad night. But it’s great.

    I’d like to throw my two cents in here, and remind everybody that the “one in four” figure does not refer to what is called “serious mental illness,” like bipolar or Major Depressive Disorder or schizophrenia. It does not mean that if we look around the room, one out of four people will have a Serious Mental Illness, although one or two out of a hundred might. What is meant by “one out of four” is things that are transient like adjustment disorder, situational depression, minor anxiety, things that one goes to the GP for, perhaps gets a pill, maybe a counseling session or two. NOT “people like us” who struggle constantly just to make it from moment to moment. So I very much think some differentiation in terms of language would help to clarify that one out of four of our neighbors probably does not suffer from a major mental illness. How can we fix this so that the point is taken, and at the same time, what we mean by it is clear?

  2. A great comment ma’am! ๐Ÿ™‚ And a good point — how does one find the right words to make that split? Because yes, generalising to cover wider ground could potentially minimize the suffering folks with serious mental illnesses go through, however good the intent to explain how wide a range of problems there are. There’s definitely a big dose of that whole ‘If I can do it, so can you…’ from folks who are lucky enough to only have short-term issues. Good for you that vitamins and a bit of therapy got you back on your feet, but not everyone is the same.

    • Absolutely. It perpetuates the “oh, snap out of it and get on with things” garbage by equating minor mental illnesses, which I do not want to minimize because they certainly cause a great deal of suffering and need to be recognized and properly treated, with those of us who cannot hold a job because half the time we are either drugged into oblivion or hiding under the covers waiting for things to settle down. I would love to write an article on this but at the moment I am too ill to answer the phone let alone be sure that I will be capable of meeting a deadline. But that article needs writing!

      • Hah, I hear you there. Always something to write when the brain isn’t cooperating. If I didn’t keep little sticky notes, I don’t think I’d ever get around to writing anything.

  3. BRAVA!! BRAVA!!! WHOO-HOO!!!!!!!!!!

    Shall I go on?!? ๐Ÿ™‚ This is a fantastic post and I totally agree with all you said!! I also agree with the comments you and Laura stated. I’d like to reblog this, Raeyn — and I seldom reblog. I usually don’t read when others reblog unless the first sentence intrigues me. So . . . I just think you summed it all up perfectly!!

    BTW, I hope you pictured me standing up, applauding, as well as yelling those words aloud to you!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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