I don’t think it is shameful, hence my decision to write and talk about my mental challenges so openly and freely. It ain’t easy to get to this stage though, and it’s a challenge in itself to be steadfast to the decision especially when you don’t see or feel any impact of your advocacy. But, we can’t give up our fight against stigma and shame still so alarming in all corners! Thank you granny for this!
Is it shameful to have a mental health challenge? I don’t think so. Mental illness isn’t a choice that we make for ourselves, is it? We all know that every day may not be a good day BUT, there is something good in every day IF we search for it.
There is a clear contrast between dealing with a physical injury as opposed to a psychological one. An acquaintance broke her leg, and even though it came with psychological distress, anxiety and some fear, there was no shame when telling others about it. No – not a single drop of shame. She knew that her co-workers and friends would comment and maybe warn her to be more careful in the future, but she was quite sure that nobody would tell her that her leg injury was her fault. She had a bad fraacture and that’s all. She felt neither abnormal nor ashamed of having a…
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