Mental Illness Can Be a Real Disability, So Shut Up

When a child is born with a disability, do we brush it off as an illusion? Do we insist that it’s just a weakness or deficiency in character? Of course not! So why does society’s thinking change when that disability, instead of twisting the body, is a mental illness? If you know someone who thinks mental illness isn’t a “real” disability, let’s talk.… [Read more]

Mental Illness and ‘Expendable’ People

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), almost a quarter of adult Americans suffer some type of diagnosable mental illness in a given year.

They also state that mental disorders are the leading cause of disability in the US and Canada.

And that 45% of people with a mental disorder suffer from more than one mental illness at a time.… [Read more]

If Ann’s Worried, We Should Be Even MORE Worried!

Whillikers! In an interview with a Las Vegas TV station on Friday, Ann Romney told the TV station that her biggest worry if Mitt wins the election is his “mental well being.”

Gulp!

Does that mean we should be worried about it, too? Have you been worried about Mitt’s mental status as of late? I know I have.… [Read more]

Questioning My Sanity, The Final Chapter

Another semester goes by and I ought to be feeling great. I’ve gotten straight A grades and a national honors award that could earn me admission and scholarship to any 4-year program I choose. Teachers and classmates are heaping on the praise, certain that I will make a great therapist. My bosses say I practically am one already, because the clients I’ve been assigned are really enjoying their time with me.… [Read more]

Questioning My Sanity, Part One

There was a time in my life, a painfully misguided detour into the depths of insanity, during which I lost my way. A term which I have used more than once in this column, “quarter-life crisis,” could be used to describe what I experienced, but with one catch: for most people, this is the time in their lives they spend staving off the impending doom of adulthood by avoiding responsibility and commitment at all costs.… [Read more]