Felt less than

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.

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Author: Fighter

I finally accepted what people have been telling me. I am full of knowledge and wisdom and I am unforgettable. My word of encouragement since 2015 has been to let others know, despite the waves and ripples in our lives, Life is totally awesome, even with a mental illness. I believe my purpose is to encourage others, advocate for those around me who have not yet found their voice to advocate for themselves and educate those without a mental illness. If for one for minute someone laughs or smiles because of something I said, that is one moment they did not think about mental illness.

5 thoughts on “Felt less than”

    1. Thank you. When it happened I thought it was my imagination but I was not in the “stinking thinking” mode nor was I feeling paranoid. Your comment is confirmation that it does happen to us.

  1. It does sting when people who used to like me suddenly won’t even look at me just because they know I am mentally ill. I try to understand that they only know the words “bipolar” and not the real meaning. Those who work in mental health and are mentally ill yet choose to judge someone else because they can’t be as stable should know that it isn’t fair to pass those judgements. It does hurt.

    It is disheartening that some people won’t show compassion to something they don’t know about (or know about), but there are some people who are kind and loving, and accepting. I try to remember those people.

    Thank you for the reminder that we need to be kind to one another. 🙂

    Thank you for this post,
    Kennedy

    1. Thank you for your comment. I was reminded today that not everyone with a mental illness who works is that way. I talked to someone today who works in the mental health field and she knows how it feels. She treats people the way she wants to be treated, like a person who does not have a mental illness. One in a million.

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