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Conversations about mental health are still “hush” as we debate what constitutes a healthy mind. This often leads to preconceived notions of mental illness, and the stigmatization of sufferers.


Fact: People who are afflicted with mental illness are not weak. Rather, an intersection of biology and experience creates mental health problems.

“Every individual has a different biological makeup and phenomenological reality, and so different individuals are just less prone than others, often by luck or chance,” Mary Beth Somich, a licensed professional psychotherapist for children, families, and individuals affected by mental illness in North Carolina, told Medical Daily.

Symptoms of mental illness are considered to be the body’s natural and healthy response to a form of trauma. For example a survivor of domestic violence may be diagnosed with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, or anxiety.

– Lizette Boreli

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