On My Bad Days I Hallucinate: What Mental Illness Isn't
When my COBRA expired, I sought insurance (particularly to pay for mental health services), only to be denied because my mental illness was considered a pre-existing condition. Desperate, I turned to a Christian health pool, and asked if they covered mental illness. I was told that everyone has a bad day and that I should use herbs. I bit my tongue to avoid saying, "On my bad days I hallucinate." Mental illness is not a "bad day."
What Mental Illness Is and Isn't
It's 2015 and there's still a lot of ignorance about mental illness and people have no idea about what not to say to a person with a mental illness. Many people think it's a lack of faith or "a bad day." But mental illness is neither one. Mental illness is a very real, very treatable medical condition often caused by a chemical imbalance. That's why organizations such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) refer to mental illnesses as "brain disorders."
In this video, I talk about what mental illness is and is not.
Oberg, B. (2015, January 15). On My Bad Days I Hallucinate: What Mental Illness Isn't, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, August 23 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/recoveringfrommentalillness/2015/01/on-my-bad-days-i-hallucinate-what-mental-illness-isnt