One of the most important aspect of my work as a psychiatrist has been advocating for my patients. This advocacy has needed to be persistent and constant because society is very quick to blame the mentally ill for their impairment. Over the years my job has been to speak for my patients’ rights and needs. Sometimes it has been in the disability form to Social Security Administration , sometimes it has been to an employer who labeled my depressed patient as “lazy,” and sometimes to a judge trying to deny a mentally ill mom, the custody of her children. The scars of mental illness cannot be seen but they run deep, encompassing all aspects of an individual’s life.