Mental vs. physical illness

I overheard a conversation where two people were discussing what’s worse, mental or physical illness.
“Mental illness, depression,  OCD, biopolar, autism, anxiety,  whatever people call it these days. It’s all a bit exaggeration.”, person number 1 stated firmly, “Get up that chair, do some exercise, drink a beer, meet some people!”.
The other nodded, nervously.

In a way I agree a little bit with person number 1.
These days young kids would say they are depressed over a broken 2 weeks relationship.

Those who really suffer from mental illness, will hardly ever make it noticeable.

I never knew my dad suffered from depression until one day the bomb exploded.
I was 7 when he got send to a mental illness institution.
After two months we were allowed to visit him twice a month.
I didn’t recognize the man sitting there as my father.
His weight was less 50 kilo. Probably the only thing he ate where medicines.
He didn’t say much. He didn’t smile or hug me.

All he did was stare at the wall without any face expression.
It took 2 years before he finally could leave that horrible place

I never knew my aunt struggled of the same until one evening she decided to take her own life.
Her 13 year old son found her hanging in the garage the next day.

I have seen physical illness too.
My mum’s body parts are black and blue of 6 times injections of insulin due to diabetes type 1.
She had a hernia operation, twice.
About 4 years ago she was diagnosed with skin cancer too.

A friend of mine was diagnosed with a tumor this year.
Her hair is gone. The hope for a normal future are no longer fearless.

Mental illness will always give physical issues, and vice versa.
In the end, if you struggle with the one, you struggle with the other too.
One is not worse than the other.
Yet, mental illness is not yet completely accepted as something serious.

I am blessed with healthy body, but my mind is mess.
At times I wish I had a horrible disease.
This would explain why I am avoiding certain situations and social activities instead of all the excuses I am making up now to avoid them.
I hope that one day mental issues will no longer be seen as an exaggeration, but we simple can say why we don’t want to do certain things.

14 thoughts on “Mental vs. physical illness

  1. Oh, don’t wish for it. I’ve been there.
    It’s not like we get to choose.
    I do hope too mental illnesses will be more accepted in the future and that we’ll stop saying things like- I’m depressed- when our cell breaks down.

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  2. I was born with an incurable disease. That was the reason for my kidney disease and transplant + my weak immune system. That was one reason I had to cancel my dream trip to meet my sponsored child in Ecuador. Please don’t wish that on yourself.

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  3. Mental illness is like everything else, prone to abuse. Genuine sufferers keep it hidden while others exploit it to get attention. If you are depressed you would not share it on social media you would be avoiding everything.

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