What many people probably don't know is that I have another mental illness, dissociative identity disorder (DID), as well. I decided since it's Mental Health Month, sharing that might be a good thing.
I think talking about mental illness, and mental health, is the first step. The first step to a society in which there is much less stigma associated with mental illness, and much less discrimination, a society in which people that go to the ER for a mental illness-related problem are treated with the same dignity, compassion and respect as those that go to the ER for a physical health problem (which sure ain't the case now), a society in which people with mental illnesses aren't told to just "get over it" or called "selfish" or "weak," a society in which treatment for mental illness is much more available and affordable. None of that will ever happen if we don't even talk about it.
Why don't I post much, or talk much, about having DID? I guess mostly because, as open as I am about many things, I don't like to seem nuts anymore than anyone else does. For those not familiar with DID, it used to be called multiple personality disorder. Well, something similar was called multiple personality disorder, anyway. When the name was changed, the diagnostic criteria was changed a bit, too. But most people know very little about DID and some people don't even believe it's a real disorder and many people think it must mean someone is really, really crazy. So I don't talk about it much. But I probably should.
Anyone else want to share anything? Please feel free to leave comments.