Mental Illness Can Mask Who We Are
HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter
Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:
- Mental Illness Can Mask Who We Are
- Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans
- From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs
- Stand Up for Mental Health
- Latest Mental Health News
Mental illness is often a mask that separates the wearer from the outside world. The mask can take over, becoming more visible than the person underneath and causing people, outsiders as well as the person living with a mental health challenge, to see the illness rather than the person.
When we remove the masks of mental illness, we find people underneath: people who have names; people who have characteristics beyond their mental illness because they aren't defined by that illness. How do we remove these masks that are often tight and suffocating? An important first step is introspection. When we take a long, hard look at who we are—not what condition we're dealing with but who we are as people—we can identify and embrace our many strengths. When we can come to accept our whole selves, we can remove the mask that makes us feel hidden, even rejected.
Related Articles Dealing with Metal Illness Masking the True Person
- Mental Health Stigma and Your Identity - I Am Not My Illness
- Mental Illness and Self-Acceptance
- Stop Putting Yourself Down and Build Self-Esteem
- Price of Being Bipolar in Public
Today's Question: Do you find that others see your mental illness before they see you as a whole person? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.
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Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:
- Dissociative Disorder Symptoms: Living with a Dissociative Disorder
- Examples of Verbal Abuse Early In A Relationship
- Top 10 Things to Help Battle Depression
If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.
On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.
- Having a Plan Can Help Prevent Depression and The Importance of Seeking Help for Depression (Coping with Depression Blog)
- To Reduce Anxiety, Shut Up and Listen with a Quiet Mind (Anxiety-Schmanxiety Blog)
- Achieve Bliss During Times of Stress and Anxiety (Living A Blissful Life Blog)
- Being Honest with Your Psychiatrist (Breaking Bipolar Blog)
- How to Express Anger Safely (Recovering From Mental Illness Blog)
- Are There Symptoms of PTSD Missing from the DSM-5? (Understanding Combat PTSD)
- Why Treatment for Trauma is So Important for Children (Mental Health Treatment Circle Blog)
- What’s Your PTSD Recovery Program? (Trauma! A PTSD Blog)
- Journal to Improve Self-Esteem and Faking Confidence When Not Confident Can Build Self-Esteem (Building Self-Esteem Blog)
- Help for Men Experiencing Depression and Mental Illness Stigma (Surviving Mental Health Stigma Blog)
- How I Was Diagnosed With Binge Eating Disorder (Binge Eating Recovery Blog)
- Why is Self-Injury So Prevalent in Borderline (BPD)? (Speaking Out About Self-Injury Blog)
- A Story of Bipolar Denial (Your Mental Health Blog)
- How I Release the Pain of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (Treating Anxiety Blog)
- How To Recover From Emotional Trauma of Domestic Abuse (Verbal Abuse in Relationships Blog)
- Mental Health Wellness Is a Lifetime Commitment (Mental Health for the Digital Generation Blog)
- My Mother with Mental Illness (Life with Bob)
- What I Wish Insurance Companies Knew About Eating Disorders (Surviving ED Blog)
- What is Mental Illness Recovery? (Getting Through Tough Times Blog)
- Officially Coming Out as Queer and Mental Health (The Life: LGBT Mental Health Blog)
- Combined or Mixed Drug Intoxication: What Is It? and Experiencing and Overcoming Loneliness with Addictions (Debunking Addiction Blog)
- Schizophrenia and What a Psychotic Episode is Like (Creative Schizophrenia Blog)
On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.
Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.
Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign
But we still need you. Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trichotillomania, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.
Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:
- Researchers Discover Surprising Link Between Chronic Stress And Preterm Birth
- Anti-Stress Hormone May Provide Indication Of Breast Cancer Risk
- High Blood Levels Of Growth Factor Correlate With Smaller Brain Areas In Patients With Schizophrenia
- ADHD Medications Linked To Cardiac Problems In Children With Hereditary Heart Disease
- Clinical Trial: Melatonin Offers Hope For ADHD Bedtime Shut-Eye
- Genetic Markers Linking Risk For Type 2 Diabetes And Alzheimer's Identified
- Bilinguals Of 2 Spoken Languages Have More Gray Matter Than Monolinguals
That's it for now. If you know of anyone who can benefit from this newsletter or the HealthyPlace.com site, I hope you'll pass this onto them. You can also share the newsletter on any social network (like facebook, stumbleupon, or digg) you belong to by clicking the links below. For updates throughout the week:
- circle HealthyPlace on Google+,
- follow HealthyPlace on Twitter
- follow HealthyPlace on Pinterest
- or become a fan of HealthyPlace on Facebook.
Last Updated: 15 September 2016
Reviewed by Harry Croft, MD