“Some people think mental illness is a matter of mood, a matter of personality. They think depression is simply a form of being sad, that OCD is a form of being uptight. They think the soul is sick, not the body. It is they believe, something that you have some choice over” – Every day
It’s not difficult to understand why so many people suffering from mental illness feel embarrassed and ashamed to speak out about it. Belief that depression and anxiety are self-imposed creates a silent killer. We have created a monster, one that believes sadness is a cry for attention, and pretending to live a fulfilled life is acceptable.
It is a known fact that many disorders can go completely undiagnosed. We are therefore either really good at pretending, or our coping mechanism is to turn a blind eye or self medicate with alcohol and drugs.
Your brain, the mind wants to protect you. However, it doesn’t always necessarily have the right tools to do so. A chemical imbalance is the same as an attack on ones immune system. In order to feel better and recover, we need to take some kind of medication. Our body sometimes needs help to heal. antidepressants and mood stabilizers need to be seen in the same way and not as a secret you need to keep. Many of us have this perception that because we do not feel depressed, or our minds have never resorted to suicidal thoughts, it cannot be real.
Just because you do not have influenza, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. We see the symptoms in those around us.
Depression and other mood disorders are seen as a weakness, a chink in the armour.
If you have not known anyone, experienced or have not admitted to it, you will not understand the strength it takes for someone dealing with these illnesses to get out of bed in the morning and function throughout the day.
At the end of the day, we all face some kind of hardship in our lives. Sometimes we pull through, our minds strong enough to allow us to move on, but sometimes it triggers something within us. If life pushes the right buttons, we end up struggling with feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness. It doesn’t make anyone better or worse, weak or strong, it makes us human. “because inside I know that many feel this way” – it is important to know that you are not alone, every emotion is beautiful and no sadness is the same, but everyone feels isolated at some point. Many feel loneliness, many people are dealing with mental illness, whether they speak up about it or not.
It is real and it exists. And its time we approach the issue with care and compassion.