No one is expected to be knowledgeable about the intricate details of every mood disorder, disease, term, or association related to the mental health community; Myself included. This does not mean we shouldn’t continue to advocate what we do know, and that is ourselves. We all signify and can relate to, at least one of the aforementioned visuals above. Whether we are raging an internal war to come to terms with our own admissions, or we bear witness to the public battle of someone we love and hold dear to our hearts. Tolerance cannot blossom under ignorance; solidarity and compassion start home.
- Be bold, brave, and forthcoming in what you are experiencing. Don’t burrow further into your self-depreciation.
- Ask questions about things that you don’t understand, or feel unsure of.
- Join a community that will embrace you during your darkest moments, and guide you through them.
- Confide in those that actively choose to rally alongside you every day.
- Seeking help does not equal seeking attention.
- Remove yourself from relationships that breed negative reactions to your pain.
- Do not fear the stigma attached to labels, or the stereotypes made about them. Instead, lead as an example to the change that they so desperately need.
I have listed some helpful resources below if you are looking to find out more about the state of your own mental health, or maybe someone you know.
Full disclosure: I have struggled openly throughout my life with some degree of Depression, Anxiety, Hypochondria, psychosomatic disorder, and Postpartum Anxiety. I wake up every morning not knowing what the day will bring in terms of my moods, or who it will affect. I make jokes, and often use sarcasm, to lighten the burden of carrying around the heaviness of these afflictions; and by the evening; I find that I feel completely drained, void of anything left to give emotionally, or mentally.
Life is hard, but you don’t have to go at it alone.
You are loved. Deeply, Sincerely, guaranteed without a doubt, reach for the stars, over the moon, world-series kind of loved.