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A Note From the Author on the Nature of Stigma

Mental and physical health are not separate ideas. It is important and healthy to acknowledge both as instrumental in our well-being. You know the saying

“Mental health and physical health,
They go together like a horse and carriage”

That’s the song, right? I’m pretty sure that’s the song. Anyway, the point being, you can’t have one without the other.

So, that brings us to the question of why it is so frowned upon to seek out help for a mental health concern? If I have a weird spot on my back thats hurting me very badly and I don’t understand it, take a guess what I’m going to do.

Did you guess “go to the doctor/hospital”?

If you did then BINGO, reader!

I’m going to get a professional opinion on my problem and I’m going to do the best I can to follow the professionals advice.

And the best part about the painful spot on my back? No one is going to question why I went to the doctors, tell me to “just ignore it”, or tell me it’s all in my head! Wild, right? Most likely, when I say that I have such terrible pain in my back, someone going to tell me to “Go get that checked out.”

When we are suffering from a physical ailment, we are encouraged to seek professional help.

Such is not the case with mental health difficulties. It is not only stigmatized to have symptoms, its also stigmatized to seek help. That’s a little twisted, if you ask me.

Mental health difficulties can be and ARE just as painful, confusing, and scary as physical difficulties. So let’s start treating them with the respect and support they deserve.

One Comment Add yours

  1. Darlene Banavage says:

    You are loved beyond all measure, and your worth is far greater than anything. Never doubt that.

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