According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI),
“Mental illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions [bolded by me] that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.
Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder [bolded by me]. The good news about mental illness is that recovery is possible [bolded by me].”
If you or someone you love suffers from a mental illness, please know that there is help out there, and that you are not alone. The Sisterhood of Strength aims to provide a network of women who suffer from a mental illness and choose to express themselves creatively.