“When you can't look on the bright side, I will sit with you in the dark.”
- Alice in Wonderland
Mental illness can be deep, inflicting long suffering inward pain, producing scars that you cannot see. It can affect anyone, at anytime and at any stage of life. Mental illness does not discriminate. There does not necessarily have to be a definitive cause or catalyst to struggle with mental health, therefore subtle signs may often go unnoticed.
”Sometimes the strongest people are fighting unseen battles”- (Mind.org.uk)
Therefore reaching out to people can sometimes be the sweetest gift.
Mental health varies immensely from symptoms to severity. Either way it is a battle with your brain and It is just as important as a physical illness....just because it may not always be obvious it doesn't mean there isn't a problem. Life has many obstacles, twists and turns, emanating a ripple effect that makes navigating through life hard sometimes. At times, life can be unkind, cruel, even brutal and there aren't always any answers.
Developing a mental illness does not mean that you are a weak, lazy or a bad person, nor does it mean you are crazy!
Struggling with some kind of mental health problem is very common.
"According to data from the IHME's Global Burden of Disease, about 13% of the global population – some 971 million people – suffer from some kind of mental disorder." (theguardian.com)
Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of and neither is talking about it but stigma and bias shame us all...so "judging someone for their mental illness is like convincing them of a crime they didn’t commit. ”
Acceptance, inclusiveness and respect in society for every person in whatever capacity, brings great joy. Never apologise for who you are.
“We need never be ashamed of our tears.”
-Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
Your illness doesn’t define you, your strength and courage does, so breaking through times of difficulty only makes you a stronger and more resilient person. You should be proud of your achievements.
Success radiates through overcoming the little victories, bringing you closer to conquering the war. Break through and emerge the person that you were meant to be all along. Be proud of who you are and who you are becoming.
Small random acts of kindness no matter how small, are never wasted. Make your mental health a priority. It’s ok not to be ok. Be the change you wish to see...Start a conversation that matters….
“We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets.”
Many precious lives are lost each year due to mental illness..... PLEASE keep awareness ALIVE.
These beyond dark and confusing feelings and times of ultimate crisis and despair are very real.....and for those of us who HAVE or HAVE HAD lived experiences of these thoughts / feelings and life events know that living through them, is a living hell...a never ending nightmare of ultimate turmoil...words just cannot explain.
“The strongest are not always the strongest”......so the signs may be overlooked and only when it is too late do people stand up and listen....Then all goes quiet until the next precious life is snatched away.....‘Ignorance really is bliss” as we are told.
***PLEASE don’t forget.....PLEASE keep awareness ALIVE..
OCD is such a debilitating, not to mention time consuming condition and not performing my rituals or (neutralising actions) was simply too distressing to even contemplate.. Such as, someone I love will die or they will get a terminal illness. That I will gain weight uncontrollably etc ..
Obsessively cleaning objects
Scrubbing my hands until they were red raw
Opening a door with my foot.
Fear of breathing in calories and fear of absorbing them.
Getting out of a chair repeatedly until it "felt right."
Yep..I've done it all!..and it's not fun.. To be honest it is utterly exhausting!...It takes up so much headspace and so much of your day. It ruins your life.
It annoys me if people say "everybody has a little bit of OCD" - no they don't!!!
OCD is different from perfectionism. OCD can have perfectionistic tendencies but only if there is a consequence to not performing the action is it actually OCD.
I feel like saying, is your perfectionism consequential ?..
Are you compelled to engage in a neutralising action or else something bad will happen?
If no, then you don't have OCD.
Braver than you believe
Stronger than you seem
Smarter than you think