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Mental Illness Isn't Crazy

by Malissa Barbosa, D.O. | May 17, 2019

More than 43 million Americans live with a mental illness. Sometimes, people cope with more than just one mental illness.

One of those 43.8 million people may be you.

Mental Health Month, observed throughout May, calls attention to the stereotype of mental illness projected by our society. It's the “crazy” homeless person mumbling to himself, or the seemingly out of control person who should obviously be committed.

Right?

Sure, those are the displays of mental illness that are easier to observe. But hiding in plain sight is the “perfect” carpool mom secretly struggling with depression. Or the star male athlete suffering from an eating disorder. Or the “easygoing” friend who doesn’t tell you he’s crippled by anxiety.

How many lives must be lost to suicide before we realize that mental illness is a pervasive problem? 

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