Yesterday, the Good Men Project hosted a Twitter chat on depression using #GMPSocial. Our goal is to raise awareness as well as to give our members a platform to voice their own thoughts about mental illness.
But let’s face it; it’s difficult to share complex thoughts in 140 characters or less. We want to invite you to share here as well.
Can you suffer from mental illness and be “good?” Does the type of mental illness matter? Are you “good” if you are diagnosed with anxiety and “bad” if you’re diagnosed with schizophrenia? Or is goodness reserved for the mentally healthy?
Are you “good” even when you don’t feel that way? If you behave badly, is that expected? Is it excusable? Are depression and anxiety mitigating circumstances and if so, when?
When we talk about goodness, what do we mean in this context? Morally and ethically good? Or good friend, good employee, good parent? How does mental illness impact all of those concepts of goodness?
How do you balance the need to care for yourself with the desire to care for others? Are you bad if you CAN’T take care of yourself for some reason? Does needing, or asking for, help make you less good?
Would your answer be different if you were depressed or anxious answering these questions versus if you felt happy and confident? If so, which would be the correct answer?
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