John Merrick: I am not an elephant! I am not an animal! I am a human being! I am a man!

The Elephant Man, dir. David Lynch

humorinrecovery:

Super incredibly maddening thing about mental illness:

Fighting your ass off to live a normal life and function as well as you can, and instead of getting credit and having people be proud of you for all the efforts you’re making, having people use your apparently normal behavior as a reason to invalidate you and think you weren’t that sick to begin with.

It takes a lot of badassery to act this normal, but the effort is all invisible 

Why do you think women identify with the show as strongly as they do?