Please do you part to help end the stigma of mental illness. It is just as serious, deadly, and caused by conditions outside the control of the sufferer – as cancer, asthma, or heart attack. People with mental illness do not have a “mental condition”. They have a physical condition which causes symptoms that manifest as “mental”. Just like Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, or any other disorder of the brain. Thank you.
Nicholas, thank you so much for sharing your story with us. The more people are willing to stand up and confidently tell their story of mental illness, the sooner the world will accept it as a real medical condition ~ no different from any other! Tell us a little bit about your history with mental illness.
I’ve suffered from anxiety for several years, but depression first reared its head in 2009, while I was deployed in the Middle East with my Missile Defense battery in the U.S. Army.
Fueled by the first signs of my marriage failing, loneliness, isolation and spiritual guilt (being a practicing Buddhist but being in a profession and culture of militarism) depression quickly spread rampantly in a severe downward spiral that summer. I began a process of isolating, my military unit taking a hands-off approach with me and thus inadvertently increasing my isolation, until on the morning of 09-09-09 I attempted suicide alone in the dark in my barracks room.
Today is the last day of Mental Health Month. Have you done your part to end the stigma? By now, I hope we all realize that mental illness is a medical condition NOT a weakness. Together, we CAN make a difference in this world.