Because all mental health issues seem to have been lumped into one category by society - something akin to insanity. (which of course is wrong, and could not be farther from the truth).
One just has to look at the terminology used to describe people with mental health issues to see what we're up against: unstable, loonie, crazy, off your rocker, bats in the belfry, psychotic, two bricks short of a load, ad nauseum.
That they segregate mental health from physical health in insurance coverage does not make me feel any better about how I am perceived. You have one path to get medical coverage, and an entirely different organization in which to get mental health coverage.
I will be bluntly honest when I say I would never tell any employer I had depression. I'm almost certain they would consider me a loon and incapable of doing the work, and I am sure my days would be numbered.
In the 1972 election Tom Eagleton was dropped as a VP candidate because it surfaced that he had mental health issues. (There were other issues, but the main reason McGovern dropped him was because Eagleton had gotten shock therapy, had manic depressive episodes, and apparently suicidal thoughts).
Back then, I thought that was an outrage. He had been a senator for years, and apparently a good enough one to be considered as a VP candidate, despite his mental illness.
Despite my depression, I am capable of plenty of rational thought - more rational thought than many people who don't have depression. I don't consider anyone on this site to be "mental", no matter what their problems. I see so much love, compassion, and intelligence about the world flow through this site.
It is such a shame society does not give people with mental issues the same due as those with physical problems. Whether it's because not enough research has been done, not enough is known about mental issues, or mental issues take a back seat to the easier cured physical problems - I don't know, but it disheartens me to see people coming in here day after day with basically the same story - no one cares, they don't know where to go for help, and they aren't taken seriously by those in their life.
Bah, see, now I've fallen from the anxiety I had earlier. Fallen a bit too far.