6 Things People With Mental Illness Might Be Scared To Admit

I think this is one of the better written blogs on how it feels for me on a day-to-day basis. This is pretty much just it. These are my thoughts and fears, too.

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You know, it’s possible that everything on this list is just me. But working in mental health advocacy for some time now, I’ve learned that it’s never really “just me” or “just you” – if we’re struggling, it’s almost guaranteed that someone out there knows that struggle.

Confession: I was hospitalized four months ago and I’ve been afraid – afraid of myself, afraid of my friends, afraid for my life – almost every minute since then.

Of course, I was scared to open up about it until I realized that it’s the fear that holds us back. If we never admit that we’re hurting, we can never find the support and reassurance that we need to pull through.

It’s true that I don’t know your story or your struggle. But I hope that, by knowing mine, you’ll feel less alone.

Because it’s okay to be scared – and you’d be surprised…

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depression and the dangers of positive thought

A friend of a friend pretty much outlined just how I view all of the “positive thought” posts and “aids” to “fix” your depression. Except, she’s much more articulate and word savvy than I am. (Plus, she doesn’t use foul language like I do.)

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(Trigger warnings for extensive talk about depression and all the side effects that come with it.)

Everyone knows that when someone asks how you’re doing, the correct response is: “I’m fine, and you?”

It doesn’t make sense when you think about it–how can there be a “correct” answer to a question about your mood? Your feelings, your state of mind, these are mercurial things that change by the hour or even the minute. So why is the only emotional state we’re allowed to express “fine?”

Most of us learn at a young age that questions like “how are you” and “how’s it going” aren’t really looking for accurate answers–they’re looking for socially comfortable ones. Somewhere along the line of our society’s history it became taboo for us to talk about what’s actually going on in our heads. The guy at the office you see in the break room, the barista…

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