I think that most people who have been diagnosed with a mental illness have been hospitalised at some point. Especially for those who have been diagnosed with Bipolar Mood disorder, Major Depression, Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder.
I will admit that I have been hospitalised quite a lot before I got diagnosed. The problem is my parents were afraid of the stigma related to mental health disorders. I’ve been hospitalised thousands of times because of my manic episodes and the exhaustion related to being sleep deprived.
I have Bipolar Disorder but the stigma of being a Bipolar Warrior is often equated to being crazy. Well, at least, this is why I’ve never disclosed what I have. To say the least, nor do I tell people where I was hospitalised. You know, telling people I was in a general hospital is different from telling people that I was hospitalized in a psychiatric ward.
There is something that needs to be taught in our communities that aren’t aware that having a chronic mental illness is just the same as having high blood pressure or diabetes. We are just the same, the chronic illnesses I mentioned are physical but that doesn’t mean that if an illness is invisible it’s invalid. At least, to my knowledge and experience, that’s what people think it is. I guess that through knowledge, being self-aware and through education, our people can only grow. Grow and accept that mental illness should not be equated to being crazy but must be seen as any other chronic illness out there.
Thank you for being with me. Let us rebuild a healthy state of mind.
Sending you Angel love and Blessings.