What those with mental illness want you to know

“I want people to understand how, as a country the ways in which we have treated this epidemic have perpetuated the problem. We have spent the last 50 years locking people with addiction in jail without providing mental health services needed for recovery. The companies that exploded the opioid epidemic are responsible, having known the addictive qualities of their pain medications prior to marketing it as a miracle cure for pain. Although there have been many successful lawsuits against these companies, that does not address the issue. Nor does sending an addict to jail for 15 to 20 years. Looking into the background of most addicts you will find some type of trauma or mental illness that has precipitated the drug use. Additionally, an injury or illness can cause a person to become addicted to the pain medications that are prescribed on a regular basis. Once that prescription has expired, the need turns to street drugs (heroin, etc.) to feed the addiction. There is hope for people suffering from addiction and it should be treated as any other illness. Addiction is not a moral failing; it is a sickness. If we designate funding to research and treatment of the illness, instead of spending over $30,000 per year for the 94,000 addicts in federal prisons alone, not including state and county jails, we can make significant progress toward fixing the problem. You can’t make someone well, by throwing them away.” https://addressing-addiction.org/

“The hardest part of my bipolar disorder is the depression. While I’m on medication that works to lessen the effects of it, it still lingers and hits hard every now and then. I’d want people to know that they aren’t alone. That’s my message. For a long time I felt alone. Until I started my blog. Then I realized there were alot of people suffering like me. Felt like we were bonding through shared experiences. So yeah, you’re never alone.” https://thebipolargamer.wordpress.com/

“One big thing I like to focus on is that mentally ill people can make great parents!” https://www.instagram.com/differently.brained/

“It’s not the end of the world to be diagnosed with a mental illness and bipolar disorder is manageable when on the right medication and you can live a happy stable life.” https://thetiredmomshop.wordpress.com/

“Personally, I have struggled with severe clinical depression off and on for most of my life.  I’m in a really good place right now, but that hasn’t always been the case.  Mental illness runs in my family.  My mother and younger brother both have suffered from it.  So I come by my knowledge first hand.   Probably the hardest thing for me when it comes to mental illness is the Stigma.  Stigma makes it much harder for most of us to speak up when we should.” https://pennywilsonwrites.com/

“Perhaps I wish others knew the high rates of adults who struggle with mental illness in the world. Some 20%. Bipolar around 3%. And that you can get help through meds and therapy. There also seems to be a real stigma for men still to seek help, as it’s viewed as emasculating.” https://www.instagram.com/bobseizeauthor/

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