I read this article and have been pondering it all day. The article was titled ‘Mental illness: Extend compassion, not judgment’. It was written by Margie Warrell. She talked about her brothers struggle with paranoid schizophrenia. As someone with Bipolar who can get paranoid and psychotic, I understood where he was coming from. I felt like I was living a never ending nightmare and attempted suicide but I thought that if I had ended it like that, that no one would ever love me again. It’s horrible I know. So I got help instead, even when it was hard and I wanted it to end. The pain was so much that all I could do was cry and even then it didn’t relieve the pain I was feeling. I’m feeling better now after a year of hard work.
I’m still struggling with it though, because even though I’m stable, there is all this negative stigma towards mental illness. People just don’t know or understand. Sometimes they don’t want to know. Growing up when I heard about suicide I never thought I would have come face to face with it but I did and I survived.
Mental illness is not something to be ashamed of and it does not take away from our worth as children of God. 🙂