Why Are Mental Illnesses Treated Differently Than Other Illnesses?

Really great blog post challenging the different reactions to physical and mental illness in society.



The mentally ill frighten and embarrass us. And so we marginalize the people who most need our acceptance.  What mental health needs is more sunlight, more, candor, more unashamed conversation.  ~Glenn Close

Recently, I read an article on Slate by Larry M. Lake called Comfort Food. In the article he spoke of the stark contrasting differences in the treatment his family received when his wife was diagnosed and became ill with breast cancer and when his daughter was diagnosed and became ill with bipolar.  When his wife was sick, people rallied and brought homemade dishes, offered rides, showed up at the hospital with ice-cream and so forth until his wife went into remission.  When his daughter became ill, there were no homemade meals, no offers of rides or support,  they faced the challenges of their daughters illness alone.  It  was a thought-provoking article in that it helped me to…

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