Has anyone ever felt less than by someone else who has mental illness?
It never ceases to amaze me how some people with mental illness behave as though they are above someone else with a mental illness because they may be a therapist, counselor or in some other position in mental health. Sometimes it may just be someone who works and looks down on someone who does may not be able to work because they are not yet stable with their illness.
We are all in the same boat regardless of what we do or do not do in life.
When you have a mental illness, you can be in the same position as the one you look down upon.
Everyone is in a different place on their recovery journey toward being mentally healthy and we all need to be remember that we have the right to be treated with the same respect and dignity as someone who is stable and can work and do all the things they want to do.
One day those who are struggling daily with their illness will reach a point of stability and be able to live above where they are now. They will be able to work, to travel, to be left alone with grandchildren, to live alone, to do whatever the illness has put on hold for them now.
Be patient, not condescending. Be encouraging and lift us up instead of putting us down with words or actions of ignoring us when we speak. We are here. We deserve to be heard just as you do..
Remember when you were not stable. Remember when you were so depressed you did not know if you would ever have a “normal” life again. Remember when you were manic and did things you knew were not normal for you to do but mania took over.
Remember, just remember and change how you treat us.
Mental illness has no boundaries how it treats us. You can be depressed again and lose hope. You can be manic again and cause destruction. This is a lifetime thing with no guarantees of forever being well.
Remember and encourage, lift up and give a hand up. Listen, respect and be there for those who are striving to be well.
love to all,
pb: Persistent Pursuing my Passion to help others on their journey to better mental health and a life they only dreamed of because of mental illness.