So my mom recently moved into my house, and she had to surrender her cats to a shelter. Sounds okay, right? Except she didn’t learn until after she surrendered them that it’s a kill shelter.
So here’s where the cats come in. Both are real sweeties and very affectionate. Big lovebugs and they play…
It’s a bit unfair to compare something life threatening to something not immediately life threatening.
Also, psychiatric care is really just a nice way of saying, “mind-altering drugs”.
Not life threatening? You’ve clearly never experienced or known someone with a severe mental illness. Up to 90% of people who commit suicide have a mental illness.
Eating disorders, mood disorders, anxiety and self harm have many life threatening effects on the body, e.g. malnutrition, gastrointestinal complications, increased risk of cardiovascular disease, risk of wounds becoming infected, nerve damage. People struggling to get the mental health care they need find themselves in ER’s, jail cells and psychiatric hospitals for their immediate safety.
The risk of this can be minimised with proper treatment, which can consist of medication but also includes psychotherapy, occupational and social work, emergency care and other treatments as appropriate for each patient.
Kidney patients can be kept alive on dialysis for years while awaiting a transplant.
Also, your “mind-altering drugs”? These are part of why I can go to school, have an internship, maintain friendships, and be a reasonably responsible family member. Meds are a complement to therapy and make it work better. Honestly, if I were not taking prescribed medication, I would probably be taking some “mind-altering drugs” that had worse side effects than dry mouth.
Mental illness is in part both caused and reflected by physical/chemical disturbances in the brain. In physical illness, medication is often used to aleviate symptoms or address causes. Psychotropic drugs do the same thing. They are a medical response to a medical problem.
People need to stop thinking mental illness isn’t serious
They also need to stop thinking psychiatric drugs are all useless.
Bolded for A+ commentary, this bullshit that physical medical issues are more valid than psychological medical issues needs to end now.
Also, depression raises the risk or osteoporosis, making even young adults exponentially more likely to get osteoporosis BECAUSE IT LITERALLY LOWERS YOUR BONE MASS.
Can we please stop acting like mental illness isn’t serious?
Can we please stop acting like mental illness is less valid than physical illness?
CAN WE PLEASE STOP ACTING LIKE MENTAL ILLNESS DOESN’T CAUSE DEATH AND SERIOUS PHYSICAL COMPLICATIONS?
CAN WE PLEASE STOP ACTING LIKE MENTAL ILLNESS IS ONLY IN THE BRAIN EVEN THOUGH IT SHOWS UP IN THE BODY?
CAN WE PLEASE STOP ACTING LIKE MENTAL ILLNESS DOESN’T REQUIRE TREATMENT?
CAN WE PLEASE JUST RECOGNIZE THAT MENTAL ILLNESS IS VERY REAL, AND SERIOUS, THAT NEEDS TREATMENT TO GET BETTER… AND STOP ACTING LIKE IT’S A COP-OUT (BECAUSE IT’S NOT).
Society literally pushes people to AVOID treatment (and use it only as a last resort), while we stress early intervention for physical illnesses - and then tells people they’re weak because it got worse because they didn’t seek treatment - even though all of science has proven it exists an REQUIRES TREATMENT TO GET BETTER.
All you people who think it’s not serious, who think it doesn’t need treatment, who think that therapy and medication are unnecessary… need to go do some damned research because your ignorance is an astounding example of societal BRAINWASHING.
This. Over. And. Over.
whoever the FUCK thinks mental illness isnt a serious fucking issue, one that is possibly even MORE scary than ‘life-threatening disease or condition’
imagine living your whole life
not wanting to exist.
through every single day
you wake up
not wanting to wake up
you look at the sky
and wonder why you’re able to see still
you pray to a God every night
that there won’t be tomorrow
imagine the pain that you would go through
when people tell you ‘it’s all in your head’
well if it is, then take my head with you
maybe you’ll understand what it’s like
to live not wanting to.
But you have to carry on because everyone else will miss you.
You need to live so that everyone else can be happy
don’t tell me that isnt worse than living knowing that you *could* die.
what’s worse is living wanting to die and not being able to
because you know that the people around you, you’ve affected them in some way, and that if your existence was wiped off the face of the earth…
They would want to leave to.
Some of us become victims to our mind’s torment
We get kicked off the wire, or we trip up when we’re taking a leap of faith
and we fall.
We fall into an endless chasm, an abyss of sadness
And many of those people, they kill themselves.
Because honestly, who wants to live a life so full of pain that you cannot control or change without feeling like a vegetable?
Or a pill popper. Or like a substance controls your mood and nothing else.
You really start to feel crazy, I promise.
But what’s really crazy is when someone else who has no idea, someone with no concept of all that pain you’ve been through tells you
"Oh it’s not that bad."
No, it really is.
It really fucking is.I’d never wish depression or schizophrenia or any serious mental disorder on anyone. It hurts so very fucking deep and please, please don’t try and act like it doesn’t mean anything. It only makes those people struggling with it want to go over that ledge, when instead you could be the hand on their shoulder, embracing them and stopping them from making an irreversible decision with no real ending of consequences.
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