Being diagnosed with a mental health disorder is stressful for both the person suffering from it and the people around them. As someone who has been dealing with multiple mental health diagnoses since I was very young and being told that there was nothing wrong with me constantly by everyone around me is why I turned to writing when I was twelve years old.
I have heard it all from there is nothing wrong with you to its all in your head to you had a great childhood, what do you have to be depressed about. Having a Depression diagnoses and being depressed for a day or two are two completely different things. A mental health diagnoses DOES NOT discriminate. Young, Old, White, Black, Asian, Rich, Poor, Famous, ect. Anyone can suffer and shouldn’t be bullied or ridiculed for it.
If you suffer from a mental health diagnoses whatever it may be, There is nothing wrong with you, You are normal and it is not your fault.
I am 34 years old, I have used self-harm as a coping skill since I was ten years old. I have attempted suicide six times since age 15. I have been in counseling since I was thirteen, I have had different diagnoses over the last thirteen years. I have been hospitalized twice. I have been bullied, both physically and emotionally by both my peers and people older then me. Through all of this, I am not ashamed and I am not alone.
I have always been very open online that I suffer and you should be too, don’t wait for a hashtag on January 25th to talk about your experiences. One comment, One post can save someone’s life who thinks they are alone and told they should be ashamed.Someone who feels that the only way they can be happy and free is by killing themselves.
If you are suffering from any kind of mental health disorder or you just need someone to talk to, please comment or if you don’t feel comfortable with that fill out the form and I will respond.
If there is anyone in your life who is suffering, just listen to them and try to understand. If you don’t take anything else from this post, please take that.