Sunday, April 5, 2015

The shaming of the mentally ill is just as pervasive as so-called, "Fat Shaming."



There's all kinds of shaming going on this world and one of the most prominent today is "Fat Shaming" but there are also others and one that I live with everyday but you probably never hear about it as much, it's "The Shaming of people who suffer from various mental health problems." You hear about "fat shaming" going on all the time and this week was no exception.Chris Wallace from Fox News suggested that Kelly Clarkson stay away from deep dish pizza and days later had to apologize publicly. Let us not forget the "Fat Shaming" from the so called, "Hot Mom From Facebook" Maria Kang who fat shamed all mothers with her,"What's your Excuse" mantra. She posted a picture of her wearing just a sports bra and tight brief shorts surrounded by her three sons and challenged all the so-called fat mothers out there to drop their excuses and get into shape. I think the shaming of anyone is borderline hatred toward the person or group you call out with your offensive remarks. I suffer from Paranoid Schizophrenia and there isn't a day that goes by that I forget what my limitations are and the constant reminder from the general public that I should be somehow feared or avoided at all cost. I sit alone in my one bedroom apartment all day wishing I had a better hand in life dealt to me but I only have to look around and embrace the loneliness that surrounds me. I take my prescribed medication everyday in hopes that it will somehow change my circumstance in life but I don't see rainbows and unicorns in my horizon. I struggle to survive on my limited disability money and there are many times when I have to decide whether to eat or get my prescription filled. I can't explain in very good detail what Paranoid Schizophrenia is, as an illness or if my symptoms are the same as anyone else suffering from this debilitating disease. I do suffer from auditory hallucinations, as well as, the few and far between visual hallucination. I can say in general, my mind tends to work against me. I can be easily stressed and engulfed with an overload of worry, in an instant but through the years I have learned to compensate. I use what I can only describe as, "learned behavior" to get passed the obstacles of the day. They are like, "Coping Mechanisms" for me. If I hear music coming from everywhere and nowhere, I don't question it and I tell my self that everyone is blessed like me to hear the disembodied radio. If I'm laying in bed at night and I hear people arguing about me and spewing vulgarity at in my direction, I tell myself that I've mistakenly left the television in the living room on. Of course, deep down I know the truth of my illness and it can change in an instant. Sometimes my depression and the feeling of isolation hurts so deeply that I wish there was someway I could change my life. Shaming the mentally ill isn't the answer. I know there are a lot of good people out there who would look pass my illness and see the kind hearted and soft spoken guy that I am but what are the chances I meet any of them in my lifetime. So, I write this with a tinge of sadness because I know that I'll just be shoved into the back of the closet, so to speak, and be forgotten once again.




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