A very good read well worth the few minutes it takes to read the article.
When someone says their cancer is in remission, we understand it’s not cured. But we tend to lack that grasp of nuance when the disease is psychological. To push back on stigma and cut through the confusion, Which mental illnesses can I ‘recover’ from and which ones will pretty much be with me for life?
One of the ways mental illnesses are less understood by the public than physical ones is that we aren’t told much about how the former turn out. People know high cholesterol can be lowered and low blood sugar can be raised; lots of viruses are preventable with vaccines, and that HIV is chronic but treatable. When someone says their cancer is in remission, we understand that that’s not the same as saying it’s cured. But we tend to lack that grasp of nuance when the disease is psychological.
Most people’s experiences with mental illness are…
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