Ben and Sheila are mentally ill. Which is not to say their illness is all in their heads. Mental illness is just as real and can be just as debilitating as the most devastating physical maladies. It binds its victims in transparent chains and holds them securely in prisons without walls. But because their infirmity can’t be seen or measured physically, many of us are inclined to dismiss mental illness as a cop-out or a sign of weakness or lack of effort — especially when we see it in people who appear to be … well … normal.
You know. Like us.