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.
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.
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.