Here is an excellent blog post by the National Institute of Mental Health Director, Dr. Insel, addressing one of the most frequently asked questions whenever someone is diagnosed with a mental illness:
There is so much guilt, shame, and blame associated with mental illness, and this article sheds a completely different light on the topic. Until researchers figure out how to completely prevent them from happening, hopefully the associated stigma will decrease with these new insights and treatments will also continue to improve.
In the meantime, don’t give up hope or settle for sub-standard treatments. Everyone deserves a chance for happiness and health.