What does mental illness look like?

Can you tell me what a person with a mental illness is supposed to look like?

Or how one should behave?

I cannot tell you how often I heard: ooh wow, but you do not look ill (and let’s forget the fact that for some it is not considered a true illness at all). If you wouldn’t be crying I would have never known. This I heard equally from professionals as from people around me.

So tell me, what should my appearance or state look like for you to be comfortable with seeing me as that woman with mental illnesses, give me a diagnosis and guide me to the appropriate treatment?

There is so much that needs to be shared, brought to light and uncovered. And I am here for that! Lets learn to listen, connect and talk, so we can heal the disconnect and lack of knowledge.

BlessedAsIAm

A forty years young African woman. Being the truest and highest expression of self is my daily goal.

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