World Mental Health Day.

Yesterday was World Mental Health Day. I've written here numerous times over the past three years about my problems with Emetophobia and the anxiety and depression that comes along with that. It's something that affects me everyday even though I don't talk about it here all the time.

There seems to be a taboo with issues regarding mental health. Some people are afraid to admit that they are suffering. Some people do not see it as a real illness. I think one of the biggest problems with it, and I have found this out personally, is that because on the outside, you look fine. The illness is all on the inside. When you have a broken leg it is blatantly obvious what is wrong with you. With depression, anxiety, PND etc, people cannot see how bad that you feel so sometimes they don't think of it as a real problem. 

Oh if I had a pound for every time someone told me to just get over it. Well, I'd have a hell of a lot of pounds. Even doctors have sometimes struggled to understand how I'm feeling and how I've struggled in the past to deal with it.

We need to get better at admitting that we are struggling. There is no shame in it. It is not a character flaw. There have been so many studies that have shown that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. It's not just a case of being weak, or not being able to handle stress. (Yes, that's been said to me before.) 

I went onto anti anxiety medication before I fell pregnant with Emilie and the change in me was amazing. For the first time in ages I enjoyed life. I woke up ready to face the day and not wanting to just climb back into bed. Luckily since I stopped taking them when I found out I was pregnant I've been able to cope without them. However, if I felt that I was slipping back again then I wouldn't hesitate to go to the doctor and start taking medication again. 

The truth is that yes I suffer from anxiety. I have suffered from depression but I am still here today fighting. That in itself means that I am strong. I am a survivor. There is no shame in that. 

1 comment

  1. "There is no shame in that"...Amen. [Love the last quote image!] Have a great weekend!


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