Seeing a therapist, getting meds is all grand in theory but that is admitting you have a mental health problem and BECAUSE of stigma like this, many people are too afraid to seek help to avoid being labeled. And yes, some mild-moderate mental illnesses can be treated by talk therapy alone and a limited course of meds, but if you have severe recurrent MDD, panic disorder, or bipolar disorder, that's a lifelong diagnosis that requires medication for the rest of your life, usually.
This is what scares the ever living bejeesus out of be about ever having another crisis, and when I would be IN that crisis to seek hospitalization like I have in the past. I have been burned too many times in the past having to disclose my own BP II at work because I've needed inpatient care, not because I was running my mouth. I have learned to basically "sit down and shut up". I do what I need to to keep my health intact but that doesn't mean my meds wont become less/ineffective someday, or might have an adverse reaction to meds, or to have a major serious life event that won't send me back to crisis mode. That's life with a severe, persistent mental illness. Not that we can't be safe and competent caregivers. We definitely can! Just never have an exacerbation, or talk to anyone about your illness. If any of you saw a coworker check his/her own blood sugar or inject themselves with insulin during a break, I doubt any of you would bat an eye, but to find out a co worker has a mental illness. *GASP* I think that's part of the reason so many of the mentally ill are in abject poverty, living off of SSDI. They are fundamentally told "you can't". It really makes me sad on a whole bunch of levels.
And hey now to frat guys LOL! I was in a sorority during my first degree and never met any fraternity men that were rapists. My husband was a frat guy and so were many people I still consider good friends.
I agree that those with bipolar or ASDs tend to be on the more creative side. As my therapist put it, we are "fluid thinkers" in a world created for the more "rigid thinkers" among us.