As my 15th year working in the mental health field arrives, not only is my briefcase due for a major trade in, at times, there are days when I need a major “tune up” on myself. I look into my schedule and with a deep sign I see a name that sounds all too familiar. Could it be? Yes the daughter of a client I may have provided services to years earlier. There are times in your life when you had really wished you were not right. “I knew it!” I say under my breath with slight anger. I then go on in my selfish mind with thoughts about why someone with such a strong mental illness, with such infliction and difficulty in life would have a child knowing that the chances are pretty good that they will inherit the same type of illness. I then lightly shed a tear because I know the suffering they will face. I also forget that people with mental illness have the same desires, the same needs and the same dreams we all do. Then I feel something called “guilt”.
Browsing mental illness and shootings
“Loony tune”, “psycho” and “nuts”. All these words I have heard over and over again to describe people with mental health issues. What people do not realize is that their neighbor, friend or co-worker probably has been diagnosed with a mental illness. Most people who struggle with a mental illness often go throughout the day without exhibiting a single symptom. Depression, anxiety and bi-polar are all quite common mental illnesses. The vast majority of these people function at a very high level, holding successful jobs, caring for a family and still enjoying all of the things others do. The more chronic and persistent of the mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, are less common and do carry more of a stigma. However, I am sure the general public would be alarmed at how much success someone with schizophrenia can have in his life if the right support team is in place.