You're wonderful, and you've helped me a lot.
Just remember that just as Lyme patients are stigmatized, so are folks with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities.
Even when they take meds, sometimes they aren't in control of their actions.
Now a rich, materialistic idiot who uses up all of her land to build a huge house, and doesn't care about
her neighbor's chronic illness--that's a little different.
I have a schizophrenic cousin, and one of my best friends is mentally ill. I have also worked with the developmentally disabled. After I contracted Lyme, some of the folks I knew (and one or two docs) thought I had developed some kind of mental illness. Of course, I have brain lesions, and any weird behaviors I exhibit or exhibited are due to Lyme. But due to all these circumstances, I'm very aware of stigmas.
Sorry; before all this happened, I would have said the same thing!!!
HELLO!! :) :)
Margaret, 53, Lyme, relapsing remitting c. diff., complete thyroidectomy, remote breast cancer, Interstitial Cystitis, Babs, Bart, Fibromylagia, Immuneglobulin Deficiency, depression, asthma and allergies, migraines, myoclonous and remote seizures, orthostatic hypotension and dysautonomia
Medication, herbs, vitamins, probiotics.