My name is Jenny, and I want to welcome you to Mentally Unique.
I created this website as a result of a blog I’ve been writing on Facebook about my recovery from my 3rd Spinal Surgery. It was something I needed to do to keep it real with myself. Little did I know the effect my rambling would have on those around me.
I hope you come to enjoy visiting this website to get the support, feedback and resources you need for yourself and others for recovery of all kinds and mental differences of all kinds. While working, I had Benny & Joon (the movie) on in the background. It’s a good movie. Joon is mentally ill, but I don’t remember them defining her disease. It just says, “mentally ill”. I hate that label. It just makes having any kind of mental difference sound hopeless. How about Mentally Unique? I like that much better. Having an illness or disease automatically puts a negative spin on it. I’m Bipolar. Does that mean I have to live under a label that says illness or disease? Nah. I think I’ve decided that I’m Mentally Unique. I have been so scared of sharing this because people with Bipolar or other mental differences are blasted in the most negative way on TV and on Social Media. That’s just crap! Do some of us struggle more than others? Yes, but that doesn’t mean we’re not good people. It doesn’t mean we’re not productive or don’t contribute to society. Some of the most brilliant, talented and beautiful people are Mentally Unique. You have probably thought of 5 right off the top of your head – all professions – all through the years.
Mental Uniqueness isn’t anything new. It’s as old as time.
Here’s what I know – we’re ALL human 100% of the time. I don’t believe that a person is OK all the time. Some of us need more help than others, and some of us simply can’t get the help we need because it’s not enough. If we’re born with a chemical imbalance, or we go through something traumatic, then it’s not our fault. HEY – WAIT – WHY should we even consider blaming anyone or blaming ourselves for being born? If it’s someone’s fault that I was born, then doesn’t that mean they did something wrong by having me? It gets REAL pretty quickly when you start realizing that shaming those with mental or physical uniqueness is cutting down someone’s life.