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Different Sides of Mental Illness

Mental illness can be diagnosed in childhood, but is often not diagnosed into adulthood. Think of the possibilities of a society where we pay more attention to our mind than our muscles. Our emotional wellbeing is so much more important than our bank account, yet that’s not what our society is pushing us towards. People want a lot and they want it quickly. No time is set aside to reflect and nurture the toll our environment is taking on us.

With every mass shooting, ICE event, #METOO announcement, ignorant and destructive remark from a politician, or white supremacist action, I think of what could have been done in the childhood of the abusers to prevent the pain they inflict. What can we do as a society? Listen. I think we can listen to the little ones and help them navigate their mind and their world so they can grow to lead a happy, successful life. Hug, listen, support, and seek help. Here are some quotes to remind us to remember the importance of mental health.

“The world will break your heart ten ways to Sunday, that’s guaranteed.
And I can’t begin to explain that- or the craziness inside myself and everybdy else, but guess what? Sunday is my fav day again”
― Matthew QuickThe Silver Linings Playbook

“I wanted to tell her that if only something were wrong with my body it would be fine, I would rather have anything wrong with my body than something wrong with my head, but the idea seemed so involved and wearisome that I didn’t say anything. I only burrowed down further in the bed.”
― Sylvia PlathThe Bell Jar

“Eventually my mother suffered a complete breakdown, and the court orders were finally signed. They took her to the State Mental Hospital at Kalamazoo. My mother remained in the same hospital at Kalamazoo for about 26 years.

My last visit, when I knew I would never come to see her again-there-was in 1952. I was twenty-seven. My brother Philbert had told me that on his last visit, she had recognized him somewhat. “In spots” he said.

But she didn’t recognize me at all.
She stared at me. She didn’t know who I was.
Her mind, when I tried to talk, to reach her, was somewhere else. I asked, “Mama, do you know what day it is?”
She said, staring, “All the people have gone.”

I can’t describe how I felt. The woman who had brought me into the world, and nursed me, and advised me, and chastised me, and loved me, didn’t know me.

It was as if I was trying to walk up the side of a hill of feathers.”

-Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X”
― Malcolm XThe Autobiography of Malcolm X

“The process of reforming the mental health system never includes the complaints that families and caregivers have regarding a need for increased access to resources, treatment, education, and financial support. Reform has continued to ignore the basic needs of families and suffering individuals with severe mental illness and special needs.”
― Tamara HillMental Health In A Failed American System: What Every Parent, Family, & Caregiver Should Know

“Cause I’d rather stay here
With all the madmen
Than perish with the sadmen roaming free
And I’d rather play here
With all the madmen
For I’m quite content they’re all as sane
As me”
― David Bowie

“Oh! This’ll impress you – I’m actually in the Abnormal Psychology textbook. Obviously my family is so proud. Keep in mind though, I’m a PEZ dispenser and I’m in the abnormal Psychology textbook. Who says you can’t have it all?”
― Carrie FisherWishful Drinking

“The only way to beat my crazy was by doing something even crazier. Thank you. I love you. I knew it from the moment I saw you. I’m sorry it took me so long to catch up.”
― Matthew QuickThe Silver Linings Playbook


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