By David Joel Miller, MS, Licensed Therapist & Licensed Counselor.
Do the Mentally ill have shorter life spans?
– Morning Question #22 –
Yes. Lots of disadvantages come with having a mental illness.
You are more likely to be a victim of crime. In fact, a mentally ill person is far more likely to be a victim than a perpetrator of a crime.
You have a larger chance of developing other physical illnesses. Some of these, like weight gain and obesity, can be the result of medications that the mentally ill need to take.
They are more likely to be unemployed, not have or lose medical care, become homeless, and all sorts of other life problems.
They are more likely to divorce or have children with partners who are no longer around and they are at extra risk to have families that cut them off and want nothing to do with them.
You are more likely to die young after a life full of illness.
No, the pity they may get does not compensate for the loneliness and hardship. Most clients I know would gladly give up the handful of dollars they get every month for being mentally ill and disabled if only they could be “normal” and work again.
Those who do recover and work again don’t always talk about their struggles because of the stigma.
Staying connected with David Joel Miller
Seven David Joel Miller Books are available now!
My newest book is now available. It was my opportunity to try on a new genre. I’ve been working on this book for several years, but now seem like the right time to publish it.
Story Bureau is a thrilling Dystopian Post-Apocalyptic adventure in the Surviving the Apocalypse series.
Baldwin struggles to survive life in a post-apocalyptic world where the government controls everything.
As society collapses and his family gets plunged into poverty, Baldwin takes a job in the capital city, working for a government agency called the Story Bureau. He discovers the Story Bureau is not a benign news outlet but a sinister government plot to manipulate society.
Bumps on the Road of Life. Whether you struggle with anxiety, depression, low motivation, or addiction, you can recover. Bumps on the Road of Life is the story of how people get off track and how to get your life out of the ditch.
Dark Family Secrets: Doris wants to get her life back, but small-town prejudice could shatter her dreams.
Casino Robbery Arthur Mitchell escapes the trauma of watching his girlfriend die. But the killers know he’s a witness and want him dead.
Planned Accidents The second Arthur Mitchell and Plutus mystery.
Letters from the Dead: The third in the Arthur Mitchell mystery series.
What would you do if you found a letter to a detective describing a crime and you knew the writer and detective were dead, and you could be next?
Sasquatch. Three things about us, you should know. One, we have seen the past. Two, we’re trapped there. Three, I don’t know if we’ll ever get back to our own time.
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