The stigma of mental illness can still be harmful for an individual down the road even after recovery. For some people experiencing recovery and continually trying to better themselves stigma seems to always linger in the back round. In the least as a thoughtful concept.
When a person is first diagnosed there are so many issues that arise that cannot simply be explained. The emotions involved with being told that you have a mental illness are not easily held back. It is quite difficult to deal with to say the least. When you try approach the world again there are so many thoughts that arise that a normal brain would say are impractical. But to a person with the illness the becomes a way of thought. It almost literally inhabits its own lifestyle of thinking.
After the initial shock wears off and a little time goes by, the road to recovery begins. To say the least, its a long road depending the nature of the disease of which is diagnosed. For most people it begins when they start learning about the illness that they have. It tends to get a little harder in the middle span of recovery because it is without a doubt a process. Each and every day presents its own challenges. But in time an individual in recovery reaches a point of sustainability. This is a great accomplishment for anyone.
As a person goes through life they always obstacles to overcome. This is no different from a person with an illness. It is the actuality of life. But for a person who has reached sustainability there are still moments that stigma presents itself. It often can creep up and try to tell an individual something that may not be true. That is the part that can be very aggravating. Especially when one knows that it is just a word.
For anyone who may have been through this or is going through it right now always remember it is just a WORD.