As I’m writing this out, I’m alone in my bedroom, in the dark, unable to get out of bed on this beautiful Sunday afternoon. Why, you might ask? Let me tell you, but please know that I am not going to sugarcoat anything. Here, I will be sharing the bad and ugly side of mental illness.
TRIGGER WARNING: This blog post will discuss sensitive subjects, such as suicidal thoughts, self-harm, and more. Proceed with caution.
Everyone with mental illness suffers in their own way, but we all tend to feel alone in what we go through (although we, realistically, know better). Every diagnosis, every person, is different.
At some point, most of us have been embarrassed by something that’s been said or done, whether by us, or to us. If you haven’t, well, consider yourself lucky because I wish I didn’t get embarrassed as easily as I do.
Years ago, I was diagnosed with anxiety. Although common, it is a bitch to deal with, to put it lightly. My anxiety is more from a social standpoint, which includes feeling uncomfortable or appearing awkward in social settings, especially when meeting new people, struggling to talk on the phone, or going places by myself, being in crowds (big or small), and so on. Due to this, it’s very easy for me to get embarrassed, and sometimes causes me to have a panic attack.
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.