The stigma of mental illness...
I have to admit, I am always mildly entertained by the stories of others who have family members who are, in their words, bat-shit crazy. Maybe because it makes me feel better about my family :winkgrin: But it occurred to me today that in all the times that we talk about family members or friends being "nuts" we are touching upon a more sensitive issue: mental illness and/or the need for mental assistance thorough medical intervention.
I'll admit it: I take Zoloft for mild anxiety/stress related issues. Hey - I run a horse farm - doing that for a living is bound to drive you a little out of your ticker. But when I first started feeling as though I may need to talk to my doctor about it, I had some huge issues revolving around feeling embarrassed and/or weak. My husband was a huge help in that department, as he has been on something for years for anxiety (and that's before he met me!) He helped me get past the stigma of it all. When I talked to my mom about it - she even gave me a hard time as she is from the "suck it up generation" and grew up on a Minnesota farm. It took her a while to get used to the idea of me taking something.
I guess my point it - I wonder if a lot of the issues we are currently seeing have to do with people who have real mental health issues that are not encouraged to seek help and provided the resources they need. I am certainly not comparing someonoe who needs a little help to someone who has much more serious coping issues. But I wonder if it hits on a larger issue.