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Whispers are still heard when others talk about people who suffer with a mental illness, beating around the bush asking questions instead of coming out and asking "How is your medication working since being diagnosed with major depression". Many times people will avoid asking and perhaps change the subject when the topic of mental illness seems to be coming into conversation. They are unsure on how to talk about mental illness- like it is foreign and alien to society. However it seems that no one will bat an eye when they ask "How is your radiation treatments going since being diagnosed with cancer?", or "How is physical therapy coming to help you regain strength in your limbs since your stroke or car accident?". Why is so common to talk about physical illness like the weather however talking about mental illness seems to continue like a taboo topic? It is not the early 1900's where there was just as much stigma to mental illness as there was to cancer. People were ashamed then to talk about cancer however that did not make it not real. Why has cancer become acceptable to talk about where as mental illness is still often hid in the shadows?
So next time you hear someone that is trying hard and barely staying afloat and affected by mental illness, ask yourself "Where is their casserole?"