Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America
The following link is to the AARP Magazine article on Glenn Close and her mental health work.
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STOP CALLING IT “MENTAL” HEALTH AND START CALLING IT “BRAIN” HEALTH. CALLING IT
“MENTAL” DISORDERS SOUNDS LIKE IT’S ALL IN YOU THOUGHTS. IT’S A FACT, THAT THE
DISORDERS MENTIONED ARE CAUSED BY “BRAIN” DISORDERS. YOU CAN’T BLAME SOMEBODY, IF THEIR BRAIN GETS SICK. THE BRAIN IS THE MOST INTRICATE BODY ORGAN
AND YET MANY PEOPLE THINK NOTHING CAN GO WRONG WITH IT. IT MAKES NO SENSE. CALL
IT A SICK BRAIN AND NOT A SICK MIND AND YOU WILL ELIMINATE THE STIGMA ATTACHED.
I HAVE ATTEMPTED SUICIDE 4X IN MY LIFE. IT WAS BUPROPION, THAT FINALLY “FIXED” MY
BRAIN. FOR THE LAST 3 YRS, I’M HAPPIER THAN I’VE EVER BEEN. MY BRAIN’S BEEN FIXED AND IT’S EVEN MADE ME MORE CREATIVE. I’M A CHANGED PERSON. THANK YOU FOR BRINGING ATTENTION TO THIS VERY IMPORTANT SUBJECT. THERE IS NO MORE IMPORTANT
ORGAN OF THE BODY, THAN THE BRAIN AND PEOPLE MUST UNDERSTAND, THAT THE BRAIN
CAN HAVE A DISORDER THE SAME AS THE HEART, LUNG, LIVER, KIDNEY, ETC. AND IT’S EVERY BIT AS PAINFUL.
Grace, I totally agree with you and have advocated at many meetings, including NIMH exactly what you espouse. Interesting to hear from other organizations that they prefer the continued use of “Mental” instead of “Brain”. When presenting, I emphasize the physical nature of brain illnesses and the central and most important organ of our body, the brain.
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