Stigma: people without mental illnesses, ironically, are the cause of much of the symptomatic burden of those who do.
There is this elephant in the room, shes been there for years. She is an invisible elephant – no one can see her, but we all know she is there. She lives inside the walls of our home. She is in the air we breathe, she is in the foods we eat, she is in the sleep we don’t get, and she is in the decisions we make.
Sometimes she demands to be seen, other times she demands to be heard, sometimes she talks fast, sometimes shes loud, other times she whispers quietly in my ear so that no one knows shes there but me. I……I will always know she is there.
She has a name, but we don’t always use it because of the stigma surrounding it. Not everyone knows that this elephant lives inside our family and we try hard to camouflage her into the background of our…
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