The way I see it, the world is trash. People are ashamed to feel feelings or admit when they are not okay. It helps no one in the end. It can add on to generational curses and trauma. Why would you inflict that on yourself and those you love?
We are all human. No one on this earth is perfect. If you have a mental crisis, acute or seasonal depression, or even some sort of chronic mental illness, why be ashamed?
What’s the worst that could happen: Someone calls you “crazy”? Big whoop! If you’re so crazy, then they’re dumb to try to say it to your face because the crazy person might live up to their name or the little stupid label you tried to put on them.
Physical v Mental Illness
If you fell and broke your arm, would you just continue to walk around with said injury out of fear that people would make fun of you? Do we laugh at people with asthma or diabetes?
Our brain is an important organ that controls EVERYTHING from pain to numbing. Wouldn’t it behoove us to keep it healthy and strong so that we can continue to function? It takes a STRONG PERSON to acknowledge that something might not be right. Putting up a front and acting as if nothing is wrong when you are suffering on the inside impacts your whole body. You get sick, lose sleep, become unmotivated, your personal and work life are impacted, and your body begins to work against you.
I have been there, even diagnosed.
Yes, the process of finding someone to talk to or even having to take medication can be frustrating but it’s necessary in the long run. You might not solve the problem, but you will make it better. You will feel better, more like yourself. I have been saying this since I started this blog and I will continue to say it until people understand.
Self-Diagnosing and Medicating
Self-diagnosing isn’t effective because what training do you have? Are you being objective or are you just noticing the things on a checklist? People go to school for this for a reason and it’s not to let WebMD diagnose you. Please stop that.
Self-Medicating doesn’t help you identify how you got the mental illness. What it does is mask or numb you to what caused the trauma in the first place. This is why we have so many alcoholics and other abusers out here. It doesn’t pinpoint the reason for the medication. It helps no one. And sometimes you need to talk to someone that won’t judge nor tell a soul unless you are danger to yourself or others.
Drugs are drugs, but alcohol and other substances are “cooler” than prescription drugs. I find it to be sad, immature, and funny at the same time. I could write a whole thesis on that alone, but this blog is already long enough. Just remember that drugs aren’t how you learn to identify the cause of the stress, learn your triggers, nor learn to cope with them. So, you end up being an alcoholic, pothead, or addicted to certain pills that aren’t to be used for mental illnesses. Don’t even try to come for me about the “pothead” comment. I don’t know what they call them now. You can get a real Rx for it BUT why are you taking it and what does taking the drug without some sort of therapy do for you? You’re taking meds for a temporary fix but you’re not acknowledging what you’re FIXING.
In the end, there is nothing to be ashamed with when it comes to your mental health. We need our minds to be healthy for our body to be healthy. We need actual professionals that will help us adopt a healthy attitude. In some cases, it doesn’t even include medication. Let’s do better and remove this stigma.
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I loved your blog today and totally agree. It’s a shame that physical illness is met with care and concern but the stigma with mental illness makes it so difficult for people to ask for help. Granted, mental health issues are now a lot more accepted than they were 20 years ago, but there still needs to be more.
Gurl, 20 years ago they let you rot in an institution. But we have come a very long way. There are a lot more medications as well instead of one for each illness.
We’re slowly gaining ground with advocacy for mental health. One step at a time, I guess.