To have a physical illness is of the normal as we are hurt in a day,

Might even get a little sympathy for that brain tumor or decaying spine.

When it comes to disorders of the mind then we are on our own,

The medical world doesn’t care as authorization for what’s not there is denied.

My thoughts and questions come to life as which is mental but what becomes both,

Disorders of the mind are a serious matter, they are a disease not a made up fantasy.

To be denied by society is a horrible injustice but let me tell you a worse thing,

When your family and friends really don’t want to hear and let me say they don’t wish to listen.

Accept this fact and move on, we try to explain and hope they’ll understand and be of support,

I know just as well as all of you that those you keep telling are laughing, rolling their eyes.

Get over it! don’t be such a baby, it’s all in your mind, what the hell is wrong with you,

“Let me tell you what’s wrong” I like many others have a disease that comes along and attacks.

It doesn’t feel good, we suffer each day with this monster that won’t leave us alone, it finds us,

It is strong, our battle is much but we must be stronger or it will take everything from us.

This terrible disorder of the mind has other names, we speak of panic disorder, Agoraphobia,

You can’t just say go away! It angers me to hear this from people, make your ignorance go away.

It is said that it won’t kill you, we fight but it steals from us while we attempt to work and play,

Please recognize and understand that this pain inside our brains does not discriminate and is real.

Keith Garrett


17 thoughts on “DISORDERS OF THE MIND

  1. touching piece. thanks for giving us an insight into a troubled mind. you’re right the stigma attached to mental conditions is in itself crazy. imagine berating a child while she’s sitting in a room and murmuring to herself ‘i don’t know where the next phantom is coming from …’

  2. I have lots of physical aches
    and pains…they pop p almost daily
    as if to keep me company. I suffer
    from depression and can at least go outside
    to cheer myself up. I am sad you can not do likewise.
    My beloved has panic attacks…I am filled with empathy
    for your condition.
    Well written post…

  3. I have bi-polar, anxiety disorder, borderline schizophrenia, and suffer from panic attacks. I know that mental health illnesses are all too real and often either ignored because they think it’s all fiction or they try to shove pills down our throats and send us to therapy, then say, you’re going to need us forever and it’ll cost you dearly, you just don’t know how much. Thank you for sharing this. Reading this reminded me I’m not alone. I think that if we work to fight our monsters together, there’s more hope in living terrific lives. 🙂

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