One reason (of thousands) why people may not want to go into mental hospital is because we worry about how we might be described, both then and afterwards.
“Nutcase,” for instance.
Of course, few people are as heartless as to say that. But still, we wonder how to describe the person we have become.
I did, anyway.
I was recently asked to describe myself so that a friend could introduce me to some influential people who might help me spread the word. I didn’t know what I could say, so I asked a handful of friends.
Here’s one of the replies, edited to protect other peoples’ identities:
It is helpful.
I have had mental health problems, but I was previously, and often still am, together and positive.