Mental illness is a wide range of mental health conditions -disorders that affect your mood thinking and behavior.
IE- Depression, anxiety disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders, psychosis, addictive behaviors and more.
Living with a mental illness is not easy. I’m sure you are probably wondering why does this have to happen to me, why do I have to be diagnosed with this mental diagnosis. It is important to remember that your diagnosis does not have control over you, you have control over it, you are a regular person that happens to be dealing with a mental illness; it is OK.
It is normal to feel different emotions and feelings when you have a mental illness/ experiencing an episode; just remember you are not alone. Did you know that nearly 1 and 5 US adults live with a mental illness? Learning, Understanding and owning your illness is a hard thing to do but it’s something that will make you feel more in tuned and aware of your thoughts, actions and feelings.
Please know that there are people who care about you and want to help. Please do not wait until it is too late or until you hit rock bottom in order to receive mental health support. Early intervention is highly important and sought after in preventing and reducing the progress of illnesses. If you see any signs, or notice any difference in your thinking, mood, or feelings; seek the appropriate help.
I also have mental illnesses. I still manage to live my life like no other. I am happy, I have a positive support system and I am aware of my feelings and thought process and notice early signs and when to seek help. I have my days like we all do however I try to let it not affect me and I take the needed steps to realign myself. I find positive outlets like journaling, working on my business, talking to a therapist, working out, taking some needed self-time, Stress and relaxation techniques and self-management strategies. Now remember, what may help me may not help you. Please find what helps you, you do not have to suffer in silence.
Mental illness may slow us down, but we don’t need to let us stop us. YOU GOT THIS!
Mental health issues are common and anyone can experience them at any point in their life. Some are more severe than others. Most cases, they are manageable and we are able to live happy and successful lives. I am you, you are me, and we are each other. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.