But what I want people to know is that I am still the same person. I am still highly capable. And, I am worthy of love. These are things I lost touch with after I was diagnosed. I constantly questioned my actions, ability and ability to attract a partner. So, know that if you are struggling with similar issues you are not alone.
I ask Charlie Sheen, and all those who may face these health challenges, to not be dismissive of their conditions and seek real help from real professionals. We live in a culture where each person's words and perceptions have great impact; and since every one in four Americans has a brain health condition, imagine what could happen if we started treating a quarter of our population with the dignity, respect, and care they deserve.
Okay to Say is starting a conversation in Texas that needs to be reverberated across the nation, and in doing so, will help countless numbers of people. The people taking the pledge are standing in solidarity with their friends, loved ones and countless others to raise awareness about mental illness and say that stigma is unacceptable in our day and age
Psychiatrists should be encouraged to discuss PAD with their patients and think collaboratively about what treatments they would want in the event they became ill. It is time that psychiatric patients are given the rights that medical patients have to use advanced directives and decide their own care.