Mental Illness: Why don’t we talk about it?

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Mental illness. Why don’t we talk about it?

There have been a number of taboos in society over the years, and one by one they have slipped (or been forced) into mainstream conversation. Sex, alternative lifestyles, birth control, racial equality, etc. But mental illness has somehow remained elusive.

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I recently listened to a scary, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting tale of mental illness, Brain on Fire, by Susannah Cahalan. In the book, Cahalan describes her “month of madness,” detailing how she slipped dangerously close to coma and even death due to a rare autoimmune disease which caused her body to attack her brain. Although she has no memory of her month-long hospital stay, the then 24-year-old compiled an amazingly detailed recollection based on doctor interviews, family journals and medical records. Per Callahan, this illness is now considered to be the source of “demonic possessions” throughout history.

  

I appreciate Cahalan having the…

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2 thoughts on “Mental Illness: Why don’t we talk about it?

  1. Hi Derrick,

    Thank you for visiting the Clearly Conveyed Communications blog and reblogging this post! I really appreciate you helping to spread the word on this important, but often undiscussed, topic. I’m looking forward to checking out your blog!

    Cheers,
    Jaime

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