Diabetes, cancer, lupus. These are all types of disease, and oftentimes people feel comfortable talking openly about their personal experiences with their diagnosis, treatment, and recovery processes.
Mental illness is a disease too, though it’s a type of disease that often carries a stigma. People don’t always readily admit or accept they have mental illness. Shrouded in mystery and kept under wraps, mental illness seemingly has a taboo connotation that affects 20% of people while research shows 40-75% of its sufferers fail to seek treatment altogether. Mental illness is a condition that can disrupt a person’s day-to-day life, while also impacting feelings, thought process, mood, and interpersonal relations. In short, mental illnesses can leave people with a diminished capacity to cope with life’s everyday demands.