Since my boyfriend found out about my anxiety, I've been increasingly open with him -- about the illness itself and how it affects my rational thinking (especially around our relationship). My honesty has also encouraged him to ask questions, and be open with me about how my illness affects him, too.
Stigmas are centered around a lack of understanding
Harvey says the first step to alleviating societal stigmas and self-doubt is through education.
"Beyond the fear, there's also a major stigma that stems from a lack of education about mental disorders and mental illness," Harvey says. "It makes it really tough to be honest."
Harvey's method is grassroots. "It's not enough to say we should 'end the stigma,'" he says. "Who's going to disagree? There’s no friction. We need to empower sufferers to not only share their story, but also spend the time to educate their loved ones on their experiences, symptoms, and treatment."