Today is World Mental Health Day! This is something that fascinates me, not only from a clinical standpoint, but also from someone with these struggles. Mental health is extremely important. 1 in 4 people have a mental health issue.
I don’t disclose often when I’m having a bad mental health day; that I can’t get out of bed because I’m so fucking tired from pain and it’s either making me anxious or too depressed to move. This has been my reality for the last few weeks. So much, in fact, I’d had to reconsider working. It’s been hard for me to even admit to myself I was hurting. When I cried for the third day in a row with no warning, I knew I needed to figure something out. Now, I’m trying to be more proactive about how I’m feeling and thinking and the energy I’m putting out to the world.
If someone is struggling with depression and/or anxiety, be kind to them. Love them through it. It’s hard to ask for help when you’re going through it and thinking you’re worthless and stuck in this hole of despair. So many people struggle thinking they are all alone in this fight and I want people to know that’s not the case. So many of us battle these demons.
It does get better. For me, it comes in waves of when I’m alone or when I should be studying and I’m curled in a ball. Depression and anxiety look different for everyone. Some people can hide it extremely well, while others wear their emotions on their face.