“’When you tell someone that their mind is not well, they have to use that unwell mind to process the information. And sometimes the illness itself prevents them from being able to see the issue with full transparency.’” “We need to talk about it,” Wood states. “That’s the only way to begin the conversation so that people won’t be afraid to speak up when they need help, and to talk about their issues.”
A silent history
Wood described his childhood as “ordinary,” but for an unknown period of time, his father had been suffering.
“There weren’t any signs that I saw, or that my family saw, in my father,” he says. “By all accounts, he was fine. But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t something going on beneath it all that we didn’t know about—that he didn’t talk about.”
Unlike cancer or heart disease, mental illness can’t be detected with an X-ray or a biopsy. The only proof there’s something off is if the affected individual says something.