Is mental illness that scary?

07 Sep

Is mental illness that scary? Should patients with mental health issues be classified as dangerous? Is it true that the terrorist simply was mentally ill? I have been in hospitals several times under the Mental Health Act, am I dangerous? Well, someone did say that to my face, but it was out of anger. The last two times I stayed in the hospital amounted to 80 days. Does that mean that they have to keep me there because I am dangerous? I don’t think so. It is more like they are concerned about my safety, my welfare and that I don’t do anything to harm myself. They wanted to make sure that I take the antipsychotic medication (not that I believe that taking the meds only can cure me) before they discharged me and that the Mental Health Act is there to make sure that I take them, not because I am dangerous and have to lock me up. There is already a lot of stigmatisation on mental illness which has caused a lot of prejudice, sadness, fear, loss, please don’t create something which is blatantly untrue to add to the burden of those who suffer from mental illness and their loved ones.

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