Let’s make it clear. People with health issues of any kind are not defined by them.
I am smart, funny and feisty. I am kind, loving and loyal. I am thoughtful, inquisitive and creative. What I am not, is crazy.
I have chosen to talk openly about this particular part of who I am because there is still so much stigma, inaccurate information and lack of understanding around mental health that urgently needs tackling. I know first hand how difficult life can be, that there are people out there that really need help. If I can be there for others by putting myself out there, I’m happy to do it – I want to do it.
Anxiety, depression, eating disorder, OCD are/have been a part of my life. As have other medical conditions but funnily enough, no one’s ever judged me for my gall stones or dislocating knee.
I’m going to say this loud and clear, for everyone in the back – I AM NOT ASHAMED.
It’s so easy to dismiss people as a loony, an attention seeker, a drama queen and any other derogatory remark that is a staple of outdated and small-minded thinking.
My advice – educate yourself. Work on your empathy and understanding; work on your compassion for others. Because you have no idea when this very same beast at which you scoff may come hurtling into your life to cause havoc for the ones you love.