“When you break a leg, you get a cast and people sign it and put smiley faces on it. When you’re given a mental illness diagnosis, you’re cast out,” 24-year old Amanda explained to Kaiser Health News. Amanda was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in college, after several years of manic-depressive behavior. The family struggled financially and emotionally to get Amanda the best possible care, fighting against an outdated health system that is failing those with behavioral health needs.
It shouldn’t have to be that hard. We must change how we offer mental health care.
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