Blendingly enter into the other

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"Who in the rainbow can draw the line where the violet tint ends and the orange tint begins?
Distinctly we see the difference of the colors, but where exactly does the one first blendingly enter into the other?
So with sanity and insanity."

~ Herman Melville
Window of Recovery by karibous-boutique

How many times a month does someone ask about your physical health?  "Is your migraine gone?" or "Feeling better?  You sound less congested."  or "That was one nasty stomach bug you and the kids had.  Good thing you have two bathrooms!"  Funny, isn't it, that we can refer to excruciating pain, snot, and diarrhea with our acquaintances and coworkers with little or no discomfort.  Asking about someone's physical health is not only in keeping with polite conversation, but is usually considered thoughtful. 

And yet... How many times a month does someone ask about your mental health?  "Hey, how is that social anxiety?" or " Spent any time in the bathroom having a panic attack today?"  or "Thought much about killing yourself this week?" or, worst of all, "Been in the psych ward recently? I hear the food there isn't bad."  Referring to those kids of health issues with acquaintances and coworkers would not only be uncomfortable, but probably frowned upon by employers and outside observers.  I know this.  I've been there.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, -- and I have to say, this fact seems just a little ridiculous to me.  It's like having "Breathing Awareness Month."  We all have mental health, just as we all breathe.  It's just... some of us have fantastic mental constitutions, rarely suffering symptoms of illness.  Others, like me, are not so fortunate.  And, just like breathing, you probably take it completely for granted until you suddenly find a problem with it.  Then, it becomes an all-out struggle for survival.  I know this, too.  I've been there.

Did you know...
  • One in four adults—approximately 57.7 million Americans— experience a mental health disorder in a given year. One in 17 lives with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder 1 and about one in 10 children live with a serious mental or emotional disorder.  (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services )
  • Major depressive disorder affects 6.7 percent of adults, or about 14.8 million American adults. According to the 2004 World Health Report, this is the leading cause of disability in the United States and Canada in ages between 15-44.

  • Bipolar disorder affects 5.7 million American adults, approximately 2.6 percent of the adult population per year.  Anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), generalized anxiety disorder and phobias, affect about 18.7 percent of adults, an estimated 40 million individuals. (National Institute of Mental Health)

  • Fewer than one-third of adults and one-half of children with a diagnosable mental disorder receive mental health services in a given year. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services )
  • Suicide is the eleventh-leading cause of death in the Unites States and the third-leading cause of death for people ages 10-24 years. More than 90 percent of those who die by suicide have a diagnosable mental disorder.  On an average day, one person ends their life every 17 minutes.  (National Institute of Mental Health)

  • Approximately 61% of firearm deaths in the US -- nearly two-thirds -- are cause by  suicide, not homicide. (US Department of Justice)
It's likely that you know someone who has suffered from mental illness.  Be aware of the very good, very alienated people on this great, big planet who suffer from mental illness, often in silence and often alone. Treatments can be tremendously hit-or-miss in their effectiveness, brimming with side effects, and healing only comes slowly, subtly, and with great effort. People with mental illness are often difficult to be around, difficult to understand, and even difficult to love. For anyone suffering from mental illness -- clinical depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, anxiety and panic, schizophrenia, eating disorders, self-injury disorder, or any others -- know you are not alone. For those of you who care about someone with one of these conditions, know you are appreciated, even if it isn't always expressed.

Featured Art: Hearts, Minds, Angels, and Demons

The Quiet Voice Of Courage by Rhiallom  BehindTheSmile by B-Alsha3er  so i hug by szczygiel  :thumb350094523:  control freak by aeravi  manipulate by SkoolDaze  In Loving Arms by Saidge42  Loss by karemelancholia  :thumb271346850:  Hope by MintLights Lantern by Ariel-X  Leap by jrmalone  Ex Luce Vita by Nothingman74  The Dying Swan by InertiaRose  Trapped by Rosary0fSighs  Bipolar by xeena-dragonkizz  hope by s-uperflu0us  Of Survival And Hope by PSYXXARTS  bipolar by vampireDoLL  Depression by ChuuStar  depression. by imthinkingoutloud  Inner Strength by JLarenART  :thumb194019387:  HP Tarot - 8. Strength by Nendil  faith by city-streets  Liberty by fvelazco  Depression by ronsia  Self  Rejection by oneoftheclan  JESUS CHRIST - REPENTANCE by ISIKOL  Angel Of Grief detail pt 1 by phantomphreaq    Rebirth by Cutteroz


Liberty by karibous-boutique  When Indeed They Cry by karibous-boutique  Comforters by karibous-boutique  A Dance of Dark and Light by karibous-boutique  Asylum by karibous-boutique  Fragile by karibous-boutique  Nothing by karibous-boutique    A Decade of Septembers by karibous-boutique  2 a.m. - Updated by karibous-boutique  Death Spiral by karibous-boutique  Angel's Tear by karibous-boutique    Sisters by karibous-boutique   Only One Wing by karibous-boutique  Servant of the Monster by karibous-boutique  Hollow by karibous-boutique

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ronsia's avatar
karibous-boutique's avatar
You're very talented. :heart:
mexicanpedo's avatar
Awww man these works are just so amazing, thank you so so much for including mine here!!! :glomp:
karibous-boutique's avatar
And thank you for sharing your work with the world. :heart:
jrmalone's avatar
Thank you very much, Karen! It's always an honor to be included in your journals! The statistics you've pointed out are very sobering and informative. I admire you for highlighting this -- definitely something people tend to turn a blind-eye, or pretend that it doesn't exist in their loved ones or even in themselves. I've certainly struggled with depression and that darkness that always seems to hang out in the background of my mind, and acknowledging that it's there and part of me was a big step in dealing with it in order to be functional. Art certainly helps for me as an outlet. An idle mind is my worst enemy. :) :hug:
karibous-boutique's avatar
Agreed -- Art is my way of "emotionally vomiting" everything that builds up, lol! I wish people were less afraid of the term "mental illness." Mostly, I find it ridiculous how many people suddenly vanished from my life once I finally was diagnosed and treated for bipolar disorder. Like, hello?? You were willing to be my friend when I was erratic and crazy, but now that I've gotten treatment, you don't like me anymore? Lol. It doesn't bother me anymore. The people who have stuck with me are my treasure, and losing the extraneous baggage has been cleansing. :)
jrmalone's avatar
Good for you for realizing those ones who deserted you aren't worth a flip, and treasuring those who have stuck by you -- true friends! It's pretty sad that there's a stigma attached to mental illness diagnosis. I'm so proud that you have the strength and determination to bring this to light. You rock! :hug:
Ariel-X's avatar
This is a beautiful feature, I am proud to be part of it.
karibous-boutique's avatar
Your beautiful artwork inspires me very much! Thank you for sharing it. :heart:
mustakettu85's avatar
You really hit the nail on the head with this one, and a beautiful selection of artwork, to boot... I've never really taken breathing for granted (asthma kinda puts things into perspective), and I'm no stranger to certain mental issues as well. I kinda wish the general public were more understanding, too. On the other hand, it bothers me extremely that whenever a person is different from the majority, s/he gets that stigma of being "crazy", "sick" or something (most Russians, including those who pass out laws, still believe that anything but heterosexuality is a "disease" and can be "transmitted"... I'm kinda happy the asexual movement is not strong here yet, otherwise we'd have also gotten our share of sweetness).
karibous-boutique's avatar
It's funny -- breathing would DEFINITELY something you wouldn't take for granted, because you've struggled with it before and it's terrifying. When your less-than-rational brain parts do a hostile takeover of the rest, it's just as scary. It's only compounded by the way people suddenly recoil from you, as if you were contagious. Mental illness is most cruel in that when it attacks, the sufferer is most in need of support and caring from the people around them... but the fear of mental illness frequently makes those people run away. And, yes, this is true for ANYONE who differs from the "norm" regardless of what makes people different. Too much of the world fears what makes humans different from each other, and too little of it appreciates what makes us all the same. :heart:
mustakettu85's avatar
Some people also believe it's all just "imagination", and if we "try harder" or something, all the problems, especially those connected to emotional instability, are going to magically disappear. Not long ago in Russia, you could only get a psychiatrist to help you if you were either plain out hallucinating or caught committing suicide. It's probably changed now, as I have a friend almost ten years younger who's now seeing a specialist for her anxiety issues, but I'd had to basically dissect, analyse and reinvent my whole personality all by myself. Not that it has made me less "weird" in the eyes of others... au contraire. But I'd rather have that than suicidal inclinations.

And I'd say our society would be much richer culturally if we all learnt to truly appreciate our differences even above those things that are "universal".
Kachinadoll's avatar
You know it's sad, but true. I think people just do not know what to say and do to help the one's they love that have some sort of Mental infirmity. I think they are afraid of saying the wrong thing and making matters worse. Society in general can not get a grip on the situation. Just look at all the crazy stuff that has happened by folks that are suffering from some form of Mental infirmity! If they had gotten the help that they need, maybe these extreme results would not be happening as often. But instead, the government puts the focus on Gun control. Makes no sense to me. All I know is I have the greatest respect for you hon. I know you have been to hell and back on more then one occasion and yet you always find the light out of the darkness. That takes so much courage and determination and I admire you for that and hope that you continue to beat it! Big fluffy hugs sweetie! :iconfurryglompplz:

What a beautiful feature! Wow, gorgeous work! yay! Thanks so much for sharing! :iconfurrydanceplz:
karibous-boutique's avatar
:tighthug: Thank you for your kind words, sweetie. It really IS hard to know how to help, especially when the person with the illness doesn't know what kind of help they need. And I completely agree with you -- it's hard to listen to hour after hour of commentary on gun control after a mentally ill individual commits a horrible crime, when nobody really says much of anything about the state of mental health services. Perhaps ALL these crimes couldn't be prevented with better mental illness screening and care, but certainly some of them could. Unfortunately, ignorance of mental health, fear of stigma, lack of easily accessed services, and the isolation of someone who "acts funny" all contribute to people slipping through the cracks. And, sadly, a vast majority of people with mental illness do more harm to themselves than to anyone else.

And... you know what they say... If you're going through hell, keep on going. That's my plan. :D
Kachinadoll's avatar
Your most welcome hon! :iconfurryglompplz: And that's right, your just passing through! yay! :iconfurryhuggleplz:
PSYXXARTS's avatar
Very nice! Thax for including my work!
karibous-boutique's avatar
All of your work is amazing! Thank you for sharing it with the world. :heart:
Saidge42's avatar
WOW! This is a truly beautiful feature, both the artwork and the written sentiment. I am honoured that you wished to include my work. My humble thanks.
karibous-boutique's avatar
And thank you for such inspirational images. :hug:
ann0314's avatar
Very nicely said and written ...and a cause close to my heart :)
karibous-boutique's avatar
:hug: Thanks for the kind words. And I think this is close to a lot of :heart:s.
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