What is it that makes us
Merriam-Webster gives us a few definitions: (a) not deviating from a norm, rule, or principal; (b) conforming to a type, standard, or regular pattern; (c) occurring naturally. Technically, don’t we all fall under that last definition of normal? I don’t see any robots here–—*squints through the screen*——yeah, no robots! Humans are found in nature, so we are normal regarding the third definition. However, the first two definitions may have me contract my statement that everyone is normal. Most of us do not fit into a single standard because we are all different; but that is the beauty of human nature—our uniqueness!
However, there are certain people who do not appreciate those who are different from them, especially those who endure mental illnesses. There is a stigma regarding mental illnesses. A stigma is defined as “a mark of shame or discredit” by Merriam-Webster, but there is nothing to be ashamed of! Mental illnesses are more commonplace than people realize—nearly 1 in 4 people have some sort of mental illness. However, because of the negative connotations associated with mental illnesses, a lot of people either go undiagnosed and/or untreated because they do not want to be viewed differently by their peers or by medical professionals.
Just because someone has mental illnesses does NOT mean that they should be treated any differently. My goal is, through my biweekly blog posts, to educate you about mental illnesses and to provide resources and materials to help #StopTheStigma. Maybe someone do not fit the definition of “normal” if they have a mental illness, but honestly, who cares? Who wants to be normal, anyway? Normalcy is entirely overrated. Embrace who you are, and do not shy away from conversations regarding mental illnesses, education is key to learning more about others and yourself.
Until Saturday, my warriors—