I am nowhere near being a professional, but I do have a degree in psychology. My education has taught me enough to realize how idiotic most people are when it comes to mental illness. The lack of understanding and compassion baffles me. Every time someone does something bad, people want to blame mental illness. When I hear, “That guy killed twenty people! He must be schizophrenic or something!” I want to punch them in the throat. When I find out a friend has depression, or is bipolar, but does not want to go to the doctor or take anything for it because they don’t want to be labeled as “crazy,” I feel lost for words. More so, ignorance is no excuse for invidious discrimination. The stigma has to stop.