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Published: Friday, Oct. 11 2013 5:15 p.m. MDT

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cavetroll
SANDY, UT

I couldn't agree more. You don't really know people who have mental illness. We struggle, get knocked down, get back up and keep fighting. Telling somebody who has a mental illness to "toughen up" or "just be happy" is ridiculous. We are tougher than most people will or can ever be. Would a cancer patient ever be told to toughen up or just get rid of the cancer? Never. And never tell a person with a mental illness they need to pray more. We live constructive lives, very few of us will go on a mass shooting spree, or commit horendous acts. But we hide for fear of ridicule and being ostracized. People understand cancer, diabetes, and a host of other illnesses, but are extremely afraid of mental illness. There is no need to be afraid. Patience and compassion are all that is needed.

spring street
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

@cavetroll

I agree, keep up the good fight and remember you are not alone.

TheWalker
Saratoga Springs, UT

My brother married a woman who was severely abused as a child over a period of 8 years. It left her with an underlying and overpowering anger that manifests itself about once or twice a month. On these occasions she goes into a rage and physically attacks him, and he has to restrain her until the anger subsides. The rest of the month she is a terrific mother, and a kind, loving wife.

This has been going on for over ten years. She is starting to get better, but nobody outside of the immediate family, is aware of her condition. She has been to several therapists, with no visible improvement.

The amazing thing is that my brother still loves her.

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