Over on Reddit, one user asked psychiatrists/psychologists:

“What is the most profound or insightful thing you have ever heard from a patient with a mental illness?”

The responses are amazing, insightful, sad, and absolutely astonishing…and may even help you to better understand mental illness.

20+ Profound and Insightful Quotes From and For People Suffering With Mental Illness


From a patient who suffers from schizophrenia


I was fumbling through explaining non-verbal cues, misunderstandings, etc when he (an 11 yr old with Asperger Syndrome) said this to me



He said it nonchalantly, not trying to brag – just having a conversation, mostly to himself…


From a child who had a difficult past (not living with his parents, witnessed drug use, etc)



From a teenager in juvenile hall upon returning from a psychiatric hold for self injurious behaviors



Describing living with an anxiety disorder



From a 56 year old alcoholic


From a ten year old autistic boy asking for a hug…


From a child with autism who was struggling with her difficulty making and keeping friends


From a schizophrenic patient


From a patient with Bipolar disorder at a nursing home