In the past I probably wouldn't have so willingly and defiantly admitted to being a patient and his response would've knocked me back. But now things are different; I'm proud of how far I've come and I'm not ashamed to say I am recovering from a mental health illness. I'm also not so easily silenced! It'd be a bit hypocritical of me to have such a brutally honest and public blog but to be secretive in real life!
After correcting the hairdresser and pointing out that you really never can tell with invisible illnesses and the way a person chooses to present themselves to the world, I felt like I'd achieved something. Hopefully now, he had learnt that absolutely anyone can have ill mental health and it isn't always obvious; there is no stereotype in mental health. It can be anyone.