mental illness

People Share The Stereotypes About Mental Illness That They Hate Most
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Living with mental illness is incredibly difficult. Nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness (52.9 million in 2020), according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

Given that the number is so high, you'd expect the national conversation to have worked out a lot of its kinks–and you'd be right.

But this isn't to say that it's perfect.

Mental health services are in dire need of funding. Additionally, many American citizens find that access to mental health services is out of reach.

And don't get us started on all the stereotypes.

Actually, yes, why don't we get started on those?

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Depression Sufferers Share The Worst Advice They’ve Ever Gotten
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Living with depression is incredibly difficult.

It's made all the more difficult when people share unsolicited advice.

This isn't to say that others don't mean well–they often do–but they may sometimes lack the foresight or tact required for conversations about mental illness.

It's a lot easier to play armchair psychologist than actually learn a thing or two about what life is like for depression sufferers.

That's why a lot of people prefer to live with the disease silently; they'd rather not hear other people's callous remarks and prefer to be spared their judgment.

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People Break Down The Worst Thing A Therapist Has Ever Told Them
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Therapists can be hit or miss. Someone told me once that finding the right therapist is like dating--you have to find one that you really vibe with. This is so you don't end up with one you're uncomfortable with, like when I had an eighty-year-old therapist who told me about her sex life (true story).

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People Share The Warning Signs That Someone's Secretly Unhappy
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Sometimes the ones that smile most are the ones who are secretly hurting. It's human nature to want to hide your struggles from your loved ones, so you can appear strong. But there are ways that the sadness creeps through. Here are the warning signs of one who is silently struggling.

u/Chicksunny asked: What are signs that someone is secretly unhappy?

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People With Depression Explain What They Wish Their Family Understood

*The following article contains discussion of suicide/self-harm.

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