So, as I discussed in Monday’s post, I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and this illness has impacted my life since I was diagnosed with it.
Even though I discussed this on Monday, I’d like to talk today about how we fit into society and the Church.
I think that there’s still somewhat of a stigmitization of mental illnesses. Some are more understood than others, and some are more tolerated than others.
If we did have control over it, I’m willing to bet that most of the people you talk to wouldn’t want to have whatever mental illness they have.
So, to help unstigmatize mental illnesses, please check out Monday’s post. Also, ask people who have a mental illness (politely, please) what it’s like for them personally to have a mental illness. If you have any questions about an illness, please Google it or ask someone (politely).
And I think there are some things that need to be said about mental illnesses within the Church.
I personally haven’t experienced anything bad within the Church when it comes to how people react to and treat mental illnesses. There are probably cases where people have had bad experiences with their mental illness and the Church.
But, the people that I’ve met that know about my GAD have treated it in one of the following ways:
They’ll help me figure out what needs to be done or help me find things that can help.
And/Or they’ll accept it as a facet of who I am and roll with it, seeing me for who I am as a person instead of just focusing on my GAD.
They’ll accept you for who you are. They’ll try to help you, either themselves or putting you in contact with someone who can. They’ll see you for who you are as a person and not just as an illness. They’ll help you thrive. They’ll be there for you.
I think society can learn a bit of something from the Catholic Church.
Try to be more accepting of people with mental illnesses. Don’t make them feel bad for having the illness. They can’t control. Try to help them in a way that helps them. Try to be there for them. Try to see them as a person instead of justas a mental illness.
So, until next time, I hope you have a good day!