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This Is How We Treat Mental Illness Vs. How We Treat Physical Illness

Just because you can't see it, doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

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Getting diagnosed with mental illness can be a long and grueling process for many people.

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Going to a doctor when you are physically sick seems like a no-brainer, however, for mental illness many people feel ashamed and don't get the answers they're searching for when they seek a diagnosis.


If you're physically ill, taking a sick day is common in most work places. However, paid time off for those suffering from mental illness can be uncommon. Even if a workplace does offer mental health days, the stigma that surrounds taking a day to take care of your mental health can be discouraging.

If someone with physical illness has a coughing fit or sneeze attack, they will probably be met with tissues or told to go home and feel better. If someone with anxiety has a panic attack in public, they're typically met with confused and sometimes even scared looks.

Remember to be conscientious of how you talk about mental illness, because it can have a significant effect on someone’s well-being. Overall, just be kind and empathetic, regardless of a person’s diagnosis.