Mental Illness Is Not What You Think It Is

I think the most dangerous and potentially harmful inaccuracy of society’s portrayal of mental illness is that it implies that mentally ill people act “randomly” or do things “for no reason.”

There’s this idea, and I see it everywhere, that sanity is binary – you’re either sane, or you’re insane, and the switch can just flip one day and suddenly you’re claiming to be the King of Hungary.

That’s not how mental illness works.

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