You're mad, you're crazy, you are a psycho – the stigma around mental illness

We hear people talk about being 'crazy' all the time. But most of the time, we're not actually talking about mental illness. We're saying someone makes us angry, or we don't understand them. Real mental illness is something that is a lot more serious. It can happen to anyone, and usually makes it hard for people to live their normal life. They might struggle to work, sleep at night, have friends or be with their loved ones.

People with real mental illness don't choose to be sick. Like most sicknesses, it just happens to you. But, because you can't see mental illness like you can with a scar or a cough, a lot of people think it's not real. But it is!

People might tell a person with a mental health problem there's nothing wrong with them, or that they should just get over it and cheer up. It's great to be able to deal with things on your own, for sure! But sometimes the issue is too serious, and you need a professional to help you.

There is nothing wrong with asking for help. We all need help sometimes; it's what makes us human. So don't be scared to ask for help. And if someone asks you, remember how much they might be suffering.

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B-Wise User Anonymous 16 December 2018 16:32

Hi I have a problem I can't deal with my emotions especially when am angry.Every time I pretend as if nothing happend even if i feel hurt .At one stage of my life I was admitted in hospital because of depressions am taking same medication.What's hurts me the most is before the hospital I was attending more than three phycologist but i didn't get help.So it's very difficult for me to trust them.I can't get a closer of that.Lots of things has happend in my life.Big and small.Am not sure if I need help

B-Wise Expert Expert 19 December 2018 13:38

Hi and thanks for sharing. It's great that you are reaching out. Sounds like it would be a good idea for you to get help and support, but it's important for you to get it from someone who you trust and who understands what you're going through. We're sorry you've had those experiences with psychologists in the past, but that doesn't mean you can't get help through counselling and medication. Not every psychologist is a good fit for every patient, but we don't always have a choice of who we see. We would encourage you to try see another psychologist (or a social worker if you feel more comfortable) and talk to them openly about the struggles you've had with other psychologists - and tell them if you have an issue with them as well. When we turn our anger inside, it can turn into depression - so it's best for us to find healthy ways of expressing when we are unhappy. And a psychologist is a good person to test this with, because they shouldn't take it personally. If you'd like to find a psychologist close to you, you can use our clinic finder and see which clinics or hospitals near you have a psychology or psychiatry department.