I am not ashamed that I live with bipolar disorder, a mental illness, a brain disorder. I am not ashamed that I take psychotropic medication. I am not ashamed that my parents are struggling as they age, as their brains and bodies fail them. There is no shame in that. There is no need to hide. No need to keep it a secret.
As I love and respect myself, I love and respect my parents. I assume that my love comes through my writing. I know that others identify with their struggles and with my struggles. I know that it helps to have others for support, to know that you are not alone. There are support groups. Reach out. Get help. Do not try to do it all alone. It’s too much to do alone. 
Alzheimer’s Association 

Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer’s Association advances research to end Alzheimer’s and dementia while enhancing care for those living with the disease.

National Institute on Aging

NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. NIA is the primary Federal agency supporting and conducting Alzheimer’s disease research.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.


17 responses to “I Am Not Ashamed”

  1. Thank you, Sheldon.

  2. When you are seeking for me it’s personal journey
    Even with the knowledge Dr have these days
    They still do not understand
    I went through this last week with my car accident and being in the hospital
    It was as though I was a foreigner from distant land and didn’t speak English
    Mental illness
    Is somewhere so far down the list
    They need a magnifying glass to read it’s traits and characteristics
    The Sheldon Perspective

  3. I agree. No shame. Just work toward wellness, better mental health, for ourselves and for those we love.

  4. That must be really tough. ?

  5. There is no shame in mental illness! A premature baby doesn’t need to be ashamed because its mom smoked at birth; it’s difficult because nobody CHOOSES illness. I’d have given mine back to somebody and said “What else you got?” If I could’ve. I talk to myself and need to look at Dissociative Identity Disorder and substance abuse counselling. Not my fault, I just have to fix it.

  6. No, in some senses I am alone in caring for my parents. I have emotional support, but I’m doing the heavy lifting.

  7. Certainly is no shame, and I hope you don’t feel alone Kitt x

  8. Yes. Very much so.

  9. Yet another courageous, informative post.

  10. I’m facing aging parents myself, my father and mother in law. It can be rough…

  11. Well said, Kitt. ?

  12. You are an awesome person Kitt. You define you, not your illness!

  13. There should never be shame in dealing with the cards you’ve been dealt. Some are bigger than others.

  14. I don’t think there should be shame in any disease.

  15. You’re right. There is no shame and it shouldn’t be kept secret.

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    I’ve been meaning to contact Senator Susan Collins from National institute on aging for weeks now. I loved this post. Life can be messy.

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