Have you ever felt ashamed about skipping out on a plan or event because of mental illness?
Would the same apply if you had a health issue, such as a minor headache, instead of mild anxiety or heart palpitations? I’d say, probably not.
As someone who has struggled with anxiety for the past five years, it’s important for me to highlight the stigma that comes along with having mental health issues.
Mental illness has gotten a bad rep in popular culture.
Many shows portray the idea that if you have a mental health issue, you should be locked away from the public.
When Lana was trapped inside the fictional Briarcliff Mental Institution in “American Horror Story” for essentially choosing to be a lesbian, we saw how far the stigmas against mental illness have come, and how far we have to go.
It could be those with mental illness are shown to be locked away because the majority of the public can’t handle these issues.
How can we make it more natural to understand mental illness?