The day I found out I was diagnosed with BPD I went home and googled everything about it (I still do to this day) I learn about symptoms, treatments, others experiences, I read blogs, watch videos. You name it I do it. But even with me doing this, I’m no expert, not even close. But I do like to spread awareness on what I know. With that said there is an article about mental illness, and let me warn you its very inaccurate. I was seething when I read it, and even tried to educate the author a little on twitter. The link is here and I will quote what rubbed me the wrong way.
As a result, I don’t view mental illness as a scary, strange thing or as a form of weakness. Do you? I doubt it. And because we are talking more openly than we might have done in the past, many employers have become more attuned to dealing with it. If a workplace failed in this duty of care, there would, rightly, be outrage.
I beg to differ, mental illness is very scary, especially with what I have. You never know when a mood swing is coming, and how your day will go. Most times people with BPD avoid going places for this reason. Here is another quote
Does that apply to mental health? Increasingly, I would say the answer is no. Yes, we should keep talking about depression. Yes, we should be profoundly sensitive to those who grapple with it every day of their lives. But let’s stop saying there’s a stigma attached to it.
This quote right here, made me want to reach through my computer. She is saying there isn’t a stigma when there is, everywhere. Tell a stranger you have a mental illness, they automatically assume you should be locked up in a hospital or that you can’t function with the rest of society. This is simply not true, which is why there is a stigma. Its our job (as in the mental illness category) to erase that stigma, and prove people wrong.