I am happy to see that people are speaking out about Mental Illness. It really is a topic that has been taboo for far too long. I have taken this opportunity to express how I see both mental illness and its treatment.
I have come to learn that the human condition, is a mental illness. We are all taught so much from our confused, competitive and crazy world around us, that when we accept these things as true, we are crazy too. This label "mental illness" is an umbrella for so many things that signify a much needed mind shift. On the surface it looks different for all-- depression, apathy, schizophrenia, addiction, bipolar, anxiety, narcissism, fear in general-- even abusers or murderers or extremists fall under this category of "needing help" or "needing to shift out of their current state of mind". Underneath it all, we are NOT these labels and this mental illness is NOT what we are.
I have come to learn that there is a way to overcome what all the world experiences as mental illness in varying levels and degrees.
"Every loving thought is true. Everything else is an appeal for healing and help."
- A Course in Miracles