Mental Illness is Not Mental.

People who’ve suffered from mental illness have had a difficult, uphill battle.  We’ve had to fight to be taken seriously, to convince people that the illness is real, for it not to be blamed on us, to not be stigmatized, and for people to accept if we need to be on medication.  We’ve had to fight for our very survival.  I get it.  I’ve been there.  It’s a terrible thing for people to be blamed for their suffering, whether it’s blamed on our genes, or our character.

A couple of years ago I was at a conference and I stood up and shared my story that I had healed from schizoaffective disorder and had been medication free for 5 years at that point.  I explained how I had done it with natural means, first with homeopathy, and then fully with the Medical Medium information.  The crowd applauded and seemed to be supportive of my story.  When I sat down another person stood up and seemed upset.  She said she struggled with depression and defended how she had to be on medication.

While I felt a little hurt, I understood where she was coming from.  Believe it or not, I felt compassion for her, and was supportive of her sharing her story, because I know how hard it is.  In many ways we have had it harder than people with more “visible” chronic illnesses.  Even people with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, or other “non-visible” illnesses have had to fight to be taken seriously.  It’s really sad.

So when I say, “mental illness is not mental”, please don’t be upset with me.  I’ve been through it, and I’ve been in the trenches fighting with you.  But what if there is a real, root physical cause for mental illness that has not yet been discovered by research and science?  What if it’s not you, and it’s not your genes?  Wouldn’t you want to know that?

I feel that I’ve been set free, that the heavy metal chains around my mind have been taken off.  I feel validated for all that I’ve been through.  Healing is possible, and I have to tell you that.  It doesn’t mean that the road still won’t be hard.  I still face many challenges, because life is challenging here, but I’m facing them as a whole person, mentally clear, without an illness.  I am free to be me.

I wish you the very best on your healing journey!  Keep fighting the good fight because there are real answers, and things do get better.  Healing is possible!

God bless you!

“fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10 (ESV)