WHY ROMANTICIZING MENTAL ILLNESS IS HARMFUL

Romanticizing mental health issues is seen as a somewhat “cool” thing these days, but from someone that lives a life void of ‘normalcy’ due to the effects of mental health issues, I wanted to speak out. People with these issues wish they didn’t have to admit they had them, so hearing others say things such as “I’m so nervous, I have social anxiety”, or “I’m so bipolar today” is extremely painful.

Just like glamorizing a physical issue such as cancer, it’s simply in bad taste to spin a story that you have an issue that you don’t, to make yourself seem unique or more interesting – there are plenty of qualities that already make you unique. 🙂 What pretending does is damage the reputations of those who are suffering when we already aren’t taken very seriously.

I think about my issues every.single.day. because they affect me 24/7. I can’t conveniently “turn them off”. How I wish I could, because I would turn them off forever…

Mental illness is real. I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.

Read my OCD post here for more information regarding my struggles with OCD. 

-tired mind typing fingers

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IN HONOR OF MAY BEING MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH… ARE YOU VITAMIN DEFICIENT?

**I am not a doctor, so please don’t rely on this information completely – I’ve Googled as best as I can, plus added my own experience, so things may not be perfect!

I wanted to speak about something that’s not talked about enough: Vitamin deficiency.

If you’re struggling with mental health issues such as anxiety or depression, try asking your doctor about getting your blood tested to see if you’re deficient in anything.

Vitamin D is a big one that either can lead to or worsen depression.

But, this may be new to you… Have you heard of Brazil nuts? Those large ones that come in containers of mixed nuts? Yes, those. They contain an important mineral called Selenium. My hubby came upon a man named Tim Ferriss as a guest on a podcast who was sharing his story of depression and suicidal thoughts, and he brought up Brazil nuts. (Tim Ferriss has a podcast of his own and that’s here: http://tim.blog/podcast/)

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TRAPPED IN THIS MIND

I feel fragile and weak and I can hardly speak.

I’m lost, and down, painted on my face is a permanent frown.

You ask how I am,

And I reply “Fine.”

If only you knew the depression I’m in,

How rich I would be with every dime.

You can say “Feel better”,

But this illness isn’t quite so simple.

It sticks around to haunt you,

It erases every smile, every dimple.

I’m just trying to keep it together each moment that comes,

Hoping that one day, the sun will shine and I won’t feel numb.

-tmtf

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