Taking the mask off describes my experience with the stigma of mental illness so well. In our society we feel the need to hide our true selves as we would not be accepted for who we are. People who do have not experienced mental illness do not understand, and often think it is all in our heads. Going to therapy and taking medication show weakness. For trichotillomania there is an extreme stigma. “You pull your hair out, why don’t you just stop?”. Yes, if it was that easy do you really think 4% of the population would be doing this!? Geez it’s not like I want to spent my time pulling, thinking about pulling, trying not to pull, and hiding my pulling. If everyone had a little more compassion, this world would be a lot different.
Never judge a person until you’ve walk a mile in their shoes.