Where shall I begin?
I think i should start with making sure we are on the same page.
In my "about" section I mention my struggle with mental illness.
So what exactly is it that i go through?
After taking Psychology this past year, i came to realize just how uneducated I was with mental illnesses. It really showed me how much power the idea of stigma had, and i wanted to change that.
To make sure WE have the power to end stigma, we first must educate ourselves instead of making assumptions.
Depression doesn't mean you are sad all of the time.
Anxiety doesn't mean you are crazy, or wimpy.
OCD is not just an obsession with keeping things organized or tidy.
Bipolar disorder doesn't mean you are a mean person, or that you are unstable.
Borderline personality disorder doesn't mean you are a manipulative narcissist.
And the list goes on...
It is incredibly hard to expect people to understand these disorders when they have never experienced them.
My 2 main struggles are anxiety and depression. So that is what i want to speak of first.
What makes an anxiety disorder different from typical anxiety?
Everyone experiences anxiety in their life. We all get nervous, feel a loss of control in a situation. It can be difficult to tell the difference between normal anxieties and anxiety disorders such as:
The most important thing to keep in mind when dealing with someone struggling with ANY issue: You may not understand, but you should show respect.
A Boston social work student, using writing for healing. Sharing the peaks and valleys of an empath's mental health journey.