I struggle with mental illness. I have all of my life. I'm so tired of people believing mental illness is a character flaw. It's not. Mental illnesses are real illnesses just like cancer or diabetes or whatever. They have to be treated for things to improve and sometimes just to maintain oneself enough to not die. Mental illness is not a choice. It's not fair that some people have to go through life dealing with a mental illness and thinking it's a character flaw that they need to work on in order to feel better. I'm sick of others thinking it's acceptable to shame people for something they can not control. It's like saying to a cancer patient, "If you'll just try harder to improve yourself, if you'll just stop attention seeking and whining, you'll be better."