Month: March 2016

What’s with this mask I have on?

I am definitely not one to talk about myself. I tend to find that I shy away and try to talk about anything but myself. My mental health has really been my main focus in life, trying to keep myself healthy and stable. But that’s not really something I lead with, let alone talk about with other people. My most inner circle knows my struggles, but how do people casually bring up the topic of mental health to friends or acquaintances? It has become such a part of me and yet I hide it away from so many people. A part of ending the stigma is talking about it, but can you talk about it without making yourself vulnerable at the same time? This mask I wear hides who I truly am, which is a person who struggles with their mental health. Without the mask, I am bare. I am human. I am just me. How much of this mask do I take off? That I cannot answer because I am still trying to figure it out. What is your mask like and have you taken it off?

Yours Truly,

Stigmasaywhat

Suffering?

Why do we say that we suffer from a mental illness? Oh, that person suffers from depression. Um, no. You are living with depression. You are battling anxiety. You are dealing with borderline like the badass you are. Of course we go through times of suffering and pain that you can’t even put into words. But attaching the suffering to the mental illness gives it so much power, which it does not have over us. We are living with a mental illness which causes us to suffer at times. It is not a life sentence of suffering.

Yours Truly,

Stigmasaywhat

Why the Stigma?

If you were to tell me five years ago that I would be starting a blog on mental health, specifically on my experiences, that would’ve been my worst nightmare. I was just diagnosed and wanted to be as far as possible from this world of mental health. I was part of that group that gives mental illness its stigma. But hey, I am in no way blaming myself. I was just not informed and not taught about what it means to have a mental illness and what it comes with.

That’s the thing. People are not informed. I believe that a large part of the stigma is there because people are just not informed about this topic, and therefore making it taboo. It’s not every day that a high school has a class on mental illness.

Anyways, that’s why I want to try and shed light onto this topic. Mental illness should be talked about just like I would talk about hurting my foot. It won’t change overnight, but together I hope that it happens in our lifetime.

I appreciate those of you who have visited my blog and can’t wait to continue this journey with you.

Yours Truly,

Stigmasaywhat