I try to explain but in the end it is a waste of time. You either believe mental illness IS an illness or you don’t. It sure doesn’t help that the science of diagnosis is so slippery, the business of selling medication so shady and the social understanding so slim.
All I can say is that you can’t have it both ways, people. Either you get excused for being a bitch because you are PMSing AND you have tolerance for intolerable behavior brought on by serious mental illness or you don’t. Either hormones and chemicals influence your emotions and your behavior or they don’t.
I imagine I am leaving gaping logic holes here that you are no doubt itching to poke through. That’s cool. What I am trying to get across at a minimum is that one of the most deadly and horrific afflictions in humans is not only dismissed, it is doubted, it is over-diagnosed and under-treated and it doesn’t have the respect it requires.
I suppose that there needs to be a larger magnetic car ribbon campaign in order to get people to take it seriously.
*One of the people in question told me that her sister was BiPolar and had been on medication for many years. In the same breath she told me she that her sister’s most recent suicide attempt (that might cost her custody of her daughter) was “just for attention, I know it.” I asked if her sister was in therapy along with medication and was assured that therapy was just a bitch session for her.