Here’s the thing for me anxiety and depression is not sadness, it’s not having a bad day and needing a hug, for me it has given a sense of isolation and loneliness. It’s impairing was all consuming and it shut down my mental circuit board. I felt worthless like I had nothing to offer, like I was a failure.

However as I am such a strong wield human being I try to not let these feelings take over my nervous system. I am constantly telling myself I am not worthless and that I do have something to offer whether it being something big or something small.

Opening up about my illness and admitting that I had a mental illness was scary at first because I was worried about what others might think, but instead it made me stronger. The best way to fight the stigma surrounding mental illness is to stop the silence. Try and get more suffers to speak out about their daily struggles.

Why are mental illnesses met with shame and guilt ? Why are those who are suffering judged by non suffers ? And why aren’t we talking about them not only the illnesses but the symptoms, the risk factors and the different forms of treatment ? Why aren’t we talking about mental health in the same matter we talk about physical health ? Don’t forget that just because someone looks physically fit that doesn’t mean they are mentally fit. What’s that saying ? “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” I think this is a great way to describe how mental illness suffers like myself feel on a day to day basis when we are constantly being judged when we physically look well but mentally feel like shit!

Let the haters hate but they will not and can not change who you are. That’s what I have learnt to do myself and it has made me more strong wield and has actually made me proud to be different from everyone else, yes there are fellow suffers however I am still an individual.

The reason I write such personal posts is to show others there is no need to hide behind a mental illness it is better to open up and let the world know. I can tell you that by doing this it has helped me a lot.

Published by Katie Simpson