Today’s challenge is strictly and entirely regarding mental health, so what is mental health? Mental health is a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being. Not only does it affect how we act, think, and feel, but it can help determine the way that we relate to others, handle stress, or make decisions throughout our lives. Mental health can change overtime, but is greatly important and should be taken very seriously.
If you, or someone you know, battles with depression, then you understand how incredibly difficult it can be just to do simple tasks. For myself, I can typically do what I know that I have to do, even when it’s debilitating, simply because I know that I don’t have a choice.
Getting up to get my son ready for school, getting myself ready for work, dropping him off, and going into work is something that I have no choice but to do. The bills have to be paid, we have to eat, he has to have an education. These are things I simply cannot avoid, even though 90% of the time, I truly wish that I could.
But, there is also a lot of things that I do not make time to get to when I’m struggling really bad. The house is a wreck, dishes are piled up, I haven’t showered in a few days, all I want to do is go to bed (even if I can’t sleep), my son has cereal for dinner, and so on. I desperately need to cry, but I can’t because I feel numb. What am I supposed to do?
PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, is a disorder brought on by triggers from a traumatic event in one’s lifetime. Every trauma is as individual as the person that experiences it, and it can affect everyone differently.
As someone who suffers from PTSD, the hardest part can be accepting your diagnosis. When thinking of PTSD, most associate it with war veterans, but believe it or not, anyone can have PTSD. When I was first diagnosed, I was in denial. I’ve never been to war. Nothing has happened to me that someone else hasn’t gotten through before. However, we are all affected by situations differently, and it took me entirely too long to accept that.