Warning: I hesitated to write a post on this topic because it is rather controversial. Because of this I want to stress that this is related to my experience and feelings on the comparison and is certainly open to debate.
How Do I Feel About Comparing Diabetes to Mental Illness?
In summary: I believe it is, for the most part, completely incorrect. Why do I feel this way? When I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, age 12, I was told by numerous people that “it’s just like having Diabetes.” I needed to take my medication every day just as they did.
I had a friend who has Diabetes. I watched her take her insulin and wondered how she could use a needle every single day. I thought she was brave because she was brave.
But she seemed okay, once she was stabilized. She went back to school. I was locked in a psychiatric ward wondering when I might be let out. I was angry when told it was similar. It is not.
What Does Diabetes Have in Common With Mental Illness?