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."
Finding love when you have an illness is not impossible
To cope, you have to begin to understand that the shame you encounter, the overwhelming feelings of anxiety, the fear that something terrible will happen in your relationship, and the intense intrusive thoughts that mar your mind are simply byproducts of an illness.