Mental illnesses are like any other; heart disease, diabetes, asthma. Yet the tradition of bring flowers, giving sympathy and support that is provided to those with a physical illness, is denied to those with a mental illness.
Are mental illnesses incurable and lifelong?
When treated appropriately and early, many people recover fully. A mental illness is like many physical illnesses that require ongoing treatment; like diabetes and heart disease, but which can be managed so that the individual can participate in everyday life.
Some people have only one episode and recover completely but for our son, it recurred throughout his life and required ongoing treatment.
Are people born with a mental illness?
We understood that the causes are unclear. Stress, bereavement, a breakdown of a relationship or unemployment, can be the trigger.
Many individuals would prefer to explain away a mental illness as a ‘nervous breakdown,’ than being branded as mentally ill.
I love the word wellness. I wish we could use the term ; mental wellness.