You don’t know because you’ve never seen it. Society doesn’t talk about it, but there is a lot of stigma that surrounds it.
I myself struggle with mental illness, and can say that the mental health services in America are not good enough and are not easily accessible. It took me years to find help, and this type of help is a necessity for those who struggle with any type of mental illness. When I went to see Todd Phillips’ new movie Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix, I was worried that it would portray mental illness in a bad light. The film was challenging to watch, however, many important aspects of mental illness are touched upon. Personally, after seeing the film, I would summarize it into one sentence: Joker is one of those experiences that will stick in your mind for a while.
by Brianna McCray
by Ann Caputo
As a writer, I realize the obnoxious phenomenon known as “writer’s block” is part of the craft, a peril of the trade. But why does it settle in at the most inconvenient time, like when I need to begin writing nearly anything? There is nothing so daunting as the blank page and a looming deadline. It took me awhile to realize that my pets hold more power in alleviating this condition then I first believed.
By Juliana Crescenzo
I was lying in bed, my covers clung to my body; I was their prisoner. Three hours had passed since my alarm clock went off and I still wasn’t able to will my body to get up and be productive. My list of things to do became longer every day and I was stressed out beyond belief, but I could not move from that bed.
As a society, we tend to sweep mental health under the rug because it’s easier than talking about about it. When we give names to our monsters—Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Eating Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder—they become real and alive, and are no longer just the Albatrosses we’ve been secretly struggling to carry in our minds. When it comes to mental health, either you are recovering, you are relapsing, or you are dying.
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