Mental health stigma is something many of us are working hard to fight against. No matter what illness it is, there’s always a good amount of people who believe that if you simply have the will you can wish it away.
All of us, at one time or another, have seen our symptoms turn into full blown bullshit and if we’re dedicated enough we can get through it and put a plan in place to try to prevent the worst of the worst.
When I started Horribly Human, my primary motivation was to try to connect myself with the mental health community so that, I don’t know, we could all learn how to live our crazy, complicated, utterly outrageous lives together.
As a primarily internal struggle, depression is not exactly easy to explain to those whose brain cells aren’t at war with themselves. If you’re looking to show some love to someone who’s struggling with depression, check out my list of the 15 things you want to prevent from leaving your lips.
Anyone who has lived with a mental illness knows that routines are extremely important in managing mental health. The more you’re able to commit to doing healthy things like going to work, visiting friends, and enjoying life even when you’re itching to isolate, the more manageable your mental health becomes.
Self-destructive behavior isn’t always obvious. Sure, you know the big signs like drug use or cheating on your spouse, but the truth is that the path to personal annihilation takes quite some time to travel.
Okay, so you’re a responsible citizen and you want to be able to to keep yourself in the loop with all of the politically active peeps in your posse. So how can you keep yourself in touch with what’s going on in the world around you without devastating your mental health?
One of my biggest obstacles in living with mental illness is trying to accept the fact that I can’t trust myself. When I’m not doing so well, my instincts and everything I know are completely jumbled up by a panic stricken, over thinker knockin’ around my noggin.
Getting to a place where self-care is a daily deed is downright difficult! It took me years to figure out the secret to successful self-care strategies and once I figured it out, I felt like a fuckin’ idiot for not getting it sooner.