People are tired of hiding their mental illnesses. Tired of pretending to have a cold for the fifth time this year, instead of disclosing the real reason to employers why they’re off sick again. Tired of explaining why they can’t get out of bed. Tired of explaining why yesterday, they were fine but today, they’re not. Tired of making up excuses for the medication they’re taking. Tired of convincing themselves, they are fine. Tired of convincing their friends that they’re fine. Tired of being ashamed of their mental states. Shame is standing our way and stopping us from accessing support when we need it the most…
Here are 10 reasons why you should never be ashamed of your mental illness….
1. Some of the most successful, impactful and intelligent people of all time had mild to severe mental illnesses. To name a few…
Martin Luther King Jr had Depression
Princess Diana suffered with Depression and Bulimia
Isaac Newton is recorded to have shown signs of Bi Polar, physchotic episodes and potential autism
Kurt Cobain had ADHD and Bi Polar
John Nash had Schizophrenia
Florence Nightingale had Bi Polar
Albert Einstein was Autistic
Marilyn Monroe was never officially or publicly diagnosed but showed signs of Bi Polar and borderline Personality Disorder
2. According to the World Health Organization, 1 in 4 people will experience mental health problems at some point in their lives. That’s one quarter of the world’s population.
3. We’re not ashamed when our bodies get sick, so why should we be ashamed when our minds aren’t in top form? We should be looking after our mental health in the same way we look after our physical health.
4. Because there is no normal – our minds are complex things and no single brain is the same.
5. You might think, “Jeeeeze, what do they have to be depressed about 🙄…” well, newsflash: clinical depression is not circumstantial. It is a neurological issue that does not take your material possessions, circumstances or life situations in to account – mental illness, unlike many things in life, does not discriminate: nobody is immune.
6. It’s time to reframe the way we see mental illness. Getting help for your mental health is not a sign of weakness. It is a sign of strength.
7. Shame is pretty much guaranteed to make things worse. Feelings of shame are proven have detrimental effects on our mental and physical health. Brush that shame aside people, ain’t no body got time for that!
8. Because it’s no ones fault. No one asks to be depressed and it is definitely not a choice we make. Saying to your depressed friend… “dude, just snap out of it” is literally one of the worst things you can say.
9. The more we talk about mental health, the more ok it becomes. By talking about your mental illness you encourage others to care for their own. The stigma of mental health is having catastrophic affects on people’s lives because we are too ashamed to talk about it and get help. Check out this article for more info…
10. Your mental health doesn’t define you. Don’t let your mental illness become who you are, it is just one aspect of you but always remember that you are more than your depression, anxiety or OCD.