You’ve heard how I feel about my mental health and you’ve heard how Josh feels but its now time to talk to everyone else about how they feel. Mental Health covers so many things, it’s not just depression. And I could tell you my views on everything but unless you’re going or have gone through it you just don’t know. So here are some of my friends and family to tell you exactly how they feel about their Mental Illness’.
“When I’m stressed I get psychosis, but I can drown the voices out by listening to the vacuum or the hair dryer, I become obsessed with things, I have really annoying tics which can change from anything like raising my eyebrows to twitching my thumbs. I hate going to the doctors I don’t really like talking about it, I’ve been in therapy since I was 10, took them till I was 18ish to chuck a diagnosis at me, which could be wrong, they put me on anti depressants then anti psychotics then a stupidly low dose of anti depressants which were useless because it’s already been established I’m not depressed, now they want to put me on mood stabilisers which would be fab if anyone would actually call me. I’m not surprised we have such a high suicide rate when we just can’t get the help needed, this has gone from primary school to I’m going to be 22 in November, asking for help is like chucking a tear into the ocean, in my opinion.” Lauren, – Personality disorder.
“Having bipolar disorder means waking up not knowing whether Tigger or Eeyore will be making my decisions for me.” Samia, – Bipolar.
“I would say that I’m in a constant battle with myself. I think the onus on trying to be ok with yourself is harder or more challenging with you have a partner, especially at our age because you don’t want to put them off or have them form a different idea of you. I mean I found it really difficult to sit down and talk to Nathan about it because the first time I relapsed last year and had to go back on my tablets, he just said I have nothing to be sad about. I think the stigma around the mental health conception is awful, no one is educated on it. Nathan tried getting me to explain what was making me upset and all I could come out with is that I feel numb. Nothing need even set you off. A lot of days, even with my tablets, I feel low but I just have to tell myself I don’t have the time for it. It’s just a hole, you don’t know why you’re upset but you kinda have an idea how you’ve got into the state you have at the same time. ‘You could be in a room full of people but still feel alone’ that sticks with up from a bloody movie😂 because it’s just so true. You feel like you’re a hindrance and that you don’t really have anyone but you have everyone? I think your mind can be a very dangerous dark and lonely place, however, seeing my mom in the darkest depression, on the highest tablets you can be on, I know it may not ever leave you but you can tackle it” Emily, – Depression.
“Anxiety is that mental health condition which is often confused with “youre just feeling nervous” or “youre just shy” anxiety is when your throat swells at any place with more than 3 people or in a crowd, anxiety is when things you really want to do.. the devil on your shoulder saying “if you do this, this will happen.. it will be terrible”
Anxiety is worrying your loved ones will disappear or come down with a serious illness..
Anxiety and feeling anxious are completely different.
Anxiety is shit.” Paige, – Anxiety.
“I never really knew how anxiety effects you. I didn’t know the signs. I was moving too fast in my life to realize that I was suffering with it. I didn’t know that lack of sleep and not eating was self harm. Along the way of my path, I experienced nervous breakdowns through grief but also at times of taking on more than is physical possible for me. The last one was huge and I mean the last one. It will never happen to me again. The good news is you can change through educating yourself. We are all unique. What effects me may not be your experience. Because you are unique too. What has been key to me is understanding what scares me, facing it and changing it. Mindfulness is what keeps me even. Check it out and see if it will help you. As for Society, yes people can be cruel, family can be cruel but this is not about them. It is about you. Hold your chin up and ignore the negative stigma around it, It is their problem not yours. Get help, be strong and stay strong.” Patti, – Anxiety & Depression.