Mental Health: Some People Just Don’t Understand The Battles, Nor The Struggles, Of Having A Mental Illness

 What Is Mental Illness??….

Mental Illness: are health conditions including changes in thinking or behavior (or a combination of these), and emotion. Mental illness are associated with distress or/and problems, functioning in social activities, or work. Each person will have, or may have different experiences, even those with the same diagnosis.

Understand Mental Illness Symptoms: It can happen to anyone, without a warning. Girl or boy, man or woman… mental illness does not discriminate. Even some celebrities battle mental illness. So… why is it so ‘unbelievable’ or so ‘unreal’ to so many people? It doesn’t matter the gender, the color, the age, or if you’re super rich.

 Major depression and anxiety is a medical problem, just like diabetes, and lupus. Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed about. Nothing.

Dealing with major depression and anxiety isn’t at all easy, a lot of people actually believe you can just ‘shake it off’ and you’ll be alright. Not! Don’t we all wish it was really that simple? When the anxiety kicks in, or when you’re just constantly sad, and full of emotions, don’t we all just wish we could shake those feelings quick like so many people think? I wish it was just that easy to shake major depression, or any mental illness. But it’s not at all easy. It also takes time to find the right medications that’s right for you. Having a mental illness is hard! For all of us. It’s not just something that comes and goes in our lives. It’s something we might have to deal with for the rest of our lives. You can’t just ‘snap out of it.’ 

 Having a good support system, eating right, taking your meds everyday, and getting counseling and other resources that may be helpful to you, you can actually live a normal life. Now on the other hand, if you don’t have a great support system, it can be tough on you, but don’t give up on you. I know, and understand how it feels to not have any support, and I know how it feels to go through it alone. It makes you isolate yourself from everyone, because you’re always being told “You choose to be this way” or “I had depression before and I was okay.” Sometimes you might even hear “snap out of it already” or “You have no reason to be depressed.” 

Not knowing, or understanding, what you’re actually going through. Not understanding, that each day is a battle, a battle that’s so hard for you, each day is a fight, a fight for your life, it’s like a nightmare that just doesn’t want to leave you. So many dark thoughts, and feelings, so many emotions, you just go numb.

 Some people are just so inconsiderate, and ignorant. Having a mental illness is already a big war day-by-day with your mind, feeling like your worthless, feeling like you don’t belong, feeling like your all alone, feeling lost, feeling happy one minute and a few minutes later your sad, trying to think positive but the thoughts are still there floating inside of you, in your mind. Thoughts racing, feeling so guilty, feeling so drained… by the time night time fall… the only energy you have left, is to just get in bed.

And would you believe there’s some people who actually believe, it’s all in ‘our heads’. It’s unbelievable. They just don’t understand.

 And when you finally decide to tell your closest friends, and family about it… omg! They try to “solve” your mental health challenges by giving their opinions or they tell you your condition is not real— that “it’s all in your mind.” Which it puts you in a real tough situation. It’s a tough situation.

Even though… you don’t want to isolate yourself from the people you love and care about, but…. you also don’t want to let your relationships disrupt your recovery either.

While they’re people you truly care about, and love with all of your heart… you need to also love yourself enough to not let anyone interrupt you and your healing. Your health, and you healing, should be/is a priority.

Mental illness is common. In a given year:

  • nearly one in five (19 percent) U.S. adults experience some form of mental illness
  • one in 24 (4.1 percent) has a serious mental illness*
  • one in 12 (8.5 percent) has a diagnosable substance use disorder

Mental illness is very much treatable.

Mental health is the substructure for emotions, thinking, communication, learning, resilience and self-esteem. Mental health is also a result to relationships, personal and emotional well-being and contributing to community or society.

There’s so many people who have mental illness do not want to talk about their feelings, situations, or their mental illness period. Majority are ashamed and/or embarrassed about it, but there’s nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about. Honestly. Mental illness is a medical problem just like any other. Mental illness is very treatable. Getting the treatment and help you need, and taking your medications everyday…. it helps you to successfully manage mental illness conditions.

Mental Illness is a medical problem just like Lupus, cancer, or diabetes. Please don’t get it twisted… have you ever experienced it?

I’m sick of the negative stigma about mental illness. Those people aren’t you, they don’t feel what you feel daily, they don’t feel those different emotions constantly.

Understand that you mental illness is a medical condition, a medical problem. When a person has a medical problem, they typically go see a doctor to help treat it. The ‘normal’. The same thing goes for your mental health. Seek help, get the treatment you need. Go and talk to a professional and focus on you getting better. No not everyone will understand what you’re going through, and that is okay. You’re not their approval… it’s not their approval, you are the priority. Focus on you, it’s about you and you only, and starts with you.

You’re strong, you got this! You can win this.! Don’t forget… you are not alone! You’re phenomenal! Mental illness does not mean “weakness” just like diabetes does not mean “weakness” for getting treatment. — Face Depression

The Oblivious Wanderer

Questioning the meaning and purpose of life. Unable to fight a way out of depression.



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