Frightening. Consuming. Debilitating. Stigmatizing.
These are words Tayla Lewis uses to describe living with mental illness.
"There is one disease, however, that is the epitome of stigma," said Lewis, a middle-age Philadelphia women. "I happen to be one of the people to whom the label was attached.
"When I was 16, I was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD)."
Since then, Lewis has been trying to navigate the mental health system with varying degrees of success.
At a recent conference for psychiatric nurses in Philadelphia, Lewis told a standing-room audience her story. For more than 5 years, she was "incarcerated" - her words for the hospitalizations that lasted from 3 months to a year at a time…….