Coping with trying to Cope

Oftentimes, people who suffer from mental illnesses try to mask, suppress or even self-medicate themselves by disconnecting from meaningful relationships, and submerging themselves in their careers and "busyness" so that the stigma of the illness will not jade how others perceive the real person on the inside. Their illness does not define them - but sometimes, it's difficult to bear that in mind when society tries to prove otherwise. Below is an except for the bestselling book "The Secret She Kept", written by award-winning author ReShonda Tate Billingsley. This book takes a look from the perspective of the person dealing with mental illness and those that a part of her life...

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