It’s the Fourth of July! Independence Day! I’m celebrating by eating cheeseburgers, sitting in the sun, and belting out my favorite songs from the musical Hamilton.
Our Founding Fathers themselves weren’t immune to mental illness. A history of John Adams’s irrational behavior and emotional instability leads critics to believe that he was suffering with bipolar II disorder. James Madison, a Founding Father who helped draft and promote the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, suffered with major depressive disorder.
We should use this holiday to appreciate that we are not the first people with mental illnesses, and we probably won’t be the last. We all have the freedom to take steps to care for our mental health. I hope everyone today is reflecting on what it means to be free, and I hope everyone is using that freedom to reflect on themselves. Pour yourselves a cold one! Happy holiday!