I’ve read in a few places now about how Robin Williams was suffering from a form of dementia, which would explain his suicide.
All I can think is – and DEPRESSION DOESN’T???
Every morning I take Synthroid to keep my thyroid running normally – this keeps my brain working and my heart working and my body working… When my meds get off, my body is thrown off.
Why do people feel depression is any different? Or anxiety? Or bi-polar disorder?
There’s an argument floating around out there that so many people are taking meds for mental disorders who don’t need to.
Um… And this isn’t true with other medications? Such as painkillers?
And does this lessen the seriousness of the conditions of people who do suffer from mental illness? It is a chemical imbalance in the body. We now have tools to fix this (or at least help). But there’s still this stigma attached to it? WHY? Why does no one blink about me taking meds for my thyroid, but raise an eyebrow when my hubs says he takes meds for anxiety?
How many lives could have been saved if people weren’t afraid to go to a doctor with their problems?
I’m admittedly more sensitive on this topic having watched two friends suffer from depression and ending their lives early.
The School Library did a brilliant article on teens and mental illness HERE. Stronger Than You Know was included on their list (which I’m obviously shocked and thrilled about) as well as Carrie Mesrobian’s brilliant book, Sex and Violence. Steph Campbell’s Grounding Quinn is another book that always comes to mind when people talk about teens with mental illness. Ned Vizzini’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story is one of my fav-ever reads, as is The Perks of Being a Wallflower by the awesome Stephen Chbosky.
Stacked made a FAB list of YA titles, which you can find HERE. (I’ll try to keep my list different)
The horrid misconceptions about mental illness is one of the reasons I wrote Stronger Than You Know, and now I’m determined to find more books about teens dealing with mental illness. I asked Facebook for some ideas, and THEY DELIVERED. I’m not surprised. I have a lot of awesome friends on Facebook 😉
And PLEASE feel free to add titles in the comments!