Madness is to think of too many things in succession too fast, or of one thing too exclusively.
Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear.
If you desire healing,
let yourself fall ill
let yourself fall ill.
Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all.
Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. … They push the human race forward. While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
–Apple Inc.’s “Think Different” campaign
The perilous highs, and desperate lows, and extravagant flurries of mood are not always symptoms of a broken mind, but signs of a beating heart.
Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.
Insanity is relative. It depends on who has who locked in what cage.
The mentally ill frighten and embarrass us. And so we marginalize the people who most need our acceptance. What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, more unashamed conversation.
You are not your illness. You have an individual story to tell. You have a name, a history, a personality. Staying yourself is part of the battle.
Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.
–J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Never apologize for being sensitive or emotional. Let this be a sign that you’ve got a big heart and aren’t afraid to let others see it. Showing your emotions is a sign of strength.
One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.