What do you see when you picture someone with a mental illness?

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  1. hauntedpillows profile image60
    hauntedpillowsposted 5 years ago

    What do you see when you picture someone with a mental illness?

    Is it that homeless man on the bus that smells like piss and mumbles to himself? A teen in skinny jeans with a prescription? I want to know what kind of person you envision and then where you believe this image is coming from. The media? Personal experience? Someone you know?

  2. duffsmom profile image61
    duffsmomposted 5 years ago

    I worked in a mental health center for the past few years and the one thing the mentally ill have in common is a particular look in their eyes; sometimes lost and sad, sometimes angry, often confused.  All of this depending on what their particular diagnosis is.

    No, I don't get my mental image from the media, but personal experience from working in the MHC office.  I saw so many lost and lonely people, I just wished I could fix it--bit often it isn't fixable.

    1. hauntedpillows profile image60
      hauntedpillowsposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I know that look. I've given that look on many occasions. For some reason it seems like I've been seeing much more prejudice lately against the mentally ill, but it could just be that I've been looking more closely than I formerly did.

  3. Jennifer Bart profile image61
    Jennifer Bartposted 5 years ago

    I see a human being same as any other my vision comes from personal experience as I have mental illness though the media dose portray the mentally ill to be homeless or with skinny jeans and a prescription I don't see people like that. There are many people who have mental illness and they look like just like any one else. I have been hospitalized and seen average looking people who have mental illness and they look just like so called normal people.

  4. Morgan Anthony profile image64
    Morgan Anthonyposted 2 years ago

    I see human beings smile

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