Have you ever suffered with depression, anxiety, bipolar or any other kind of mental illness? I’d love to hear from you.
I enjoy writing about my mental health experiences, as I find it very cathartic, and writing is something that calms me down no matter my mood. Selfishly, I also find comfort in knowing that at least one other person on this planet is reading my thoughts and feels the same way. One of the worst parts of having such a condition is that so many people don’t understand it, and that’s okay. For me, the element I struggle with the most is the judgement: the looks of disapproval as you struggle for breath in the middle of a club, the sighs over the phone when you can’t drag yourself out of bed for fear of everything.
Mental health issues affect more people than you realise: depression and anxiety alone currently account for 40% of the world’s disability – that’s essentially China times by two. (AKA a lot). If there are so many people who live with these illnesses, why on earth is there so little understanding?
I speak a lot about anxiety and depression because that’s what I suffer with. I can’t, however, tell people my experiences with other conditions, like bipolar, borderline personality disorder and post-natal depression.
I want to create a mini-series on this blog, where we can share experiences of mental health. A place where those who have been through it or are suffering have somewhere to tell people what it’s like, how they feel and what makes them feel a little bit better. Would anybody be interested in having a say? I think the more people who talk about it, the easier it becomes to handle.
If you’d like to get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details – Of course, you don’t have to say who you are, but I’d love to credit you if you’re comfortable with it.