I never struggled more in my life than when I felt I could not responsibly be honest about the potentially dangerous psychotic episode and hospitalization I had been through. That was in 2006. Then as now I'm an attorney and a suburban, middle class mom. I think the perceived need for secrecy whether the LGBT closet or the mental health closet is such an enemy to integrity, authenticity, wellness and wholeness.
Further, it is also a budget nightmare. Most people are not going to have the money & I can assure you Medicaid doesn't have the money to pay for mental health services so people can have a few moments of authenticity during the month. I don't want to shock anyone -- AND we need a society in which people can pretty much live with authenticity and integrity all the time AND no matter what. In my opinion, one of the ways we do that is by sharing our own experience if we feel comfortable to do that AND by demanding a therapeutic jurisprudence that isn't afraid of reality.
In all secrets there is a kind of guilt, however beautiful or joyful they may be, or for what good end they may be set to serve. Secrecy means evasion, and evasion means a problem to the moral mind.
Alanis Morissette, Canadian-American singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and actress. Creative Commons
Then I realized that secrecy is actually to the detriment of my own peace of mind and self, and that I could still sustain my belief in privacy and be authentic and transparent at the same time. It was a pretty revelatory moment, and there's been a liberating force that's come from it.