Mental Health Awareness Month isn’t just one day, so I’m going to post more on this topic.

Something that is pervasive is stereotypes about people with a diagnosis such as the few I’m going to list.

*We’re ticking time bombs and potentially violent. *It’s hard to have a relationship with them. *It’s hard to be included in mainstream society.

The ticking time bomb one is frustrating because I tend to stay level headed frankly because of the stereotypes and I’ve had people try to provoke me by saying ridiculous things about me because I try not to show to much emotion. Which way do you want it? I personally have never been violent.

I love my long term relationships with my family and a few of my friends. I literally just got off the phone with one of my oldest friends from elementary school.

In the past I worked at a hospital that is huge in Ohio and that makes it mainstream enough I hope. I’m not looking to be mainstream like a rock star but Elizabeth from a big hospital and that is good enough for me.

I can do all of these things because I found the best medication and actively participate in a helpful therapeutic regimen.

Perhaps people that are well treated can have all these things that they deserve without the friction of stereotypes.

To my new followers, welcome to Smiling Through Tears. This blog is a daily account of my struggle with mental health disorders. To all of my returning followers, thank you for supporting me and following my journey.

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