The challenges of living with an invisible disability
Invisible disabilities can affect all aspects of a person’s life; home, school, and employment. The disability can impact their ability to function and is often made worse because since their disability is not glaringly obvious, they are often gaslit, and their suffering is minimized.
In addition to the severe symptoms of chronic, invisible illnesses, people living with these conditions also experience frustration, embarrassment, and guilt. Despite the gains we’ve made with disability rights, there is still a stigma surrounding disability, and ableism is still prevalent in our society.
Ableism is the discrimination and prejudice against people with disabilities or who are perceived to be disabled. This type of discrimination can be blatant, such as using accessible parking spots when you don’t need them, or subtle- like using terms such as “retarded”, “psycho,” and “ spaz.” Ableism is one of the most common types of discrimination because people often aren’t even aware that they’re derogatory.