It’s easy to think of mental illness as different from anything else. But it’s important to know this is not so. And just as when one has any other illness (diabetes is the frequently used example) one does not lose things like IQ, awards or education, one does not lose these things with mental illness. In fact, I had a conversation about this the other day where my interlocutor made the point that one can can a high IQ and also have a mental illness.
Just as high blood pressure does not generally take away from one’s educational degrees, accomplishments–or anything else–having a mental illness does not take these things away, either.
It’s important to keep this in mind.