Mental Illness Does Not Discriminate… It Affects All

Mental Illness Does Not Discriminate… It Affects All

I am one of the 1 in 5 who struggles with mental health. I have, in fact, been plagued by mental health problems since my early teenage years, it got worse up into adulthood. I am now 32 years old. In the beginning, I was embarrassed about it, just to be honest. Hearing all the negative stigma and all… it took about 5 years to realize be hiding my mental illness is going right along with the stigma, it was like I was contributing to the negative stigma. I eventually got tired of the negative thoughts on mental illness. I started to be more open about it. Now, I don’t care who know. I don’t care what others say. I know I didn’t choose this. I know it’s not ‘all in my mind.’ I know I’m not ‘crazy,’ as most people say.

My aim is to make a significant contribution to eliminating mental health stigma, which sadly still prevails. There are still many many misunderstandings about mental illness. Nobody is protected or immune— rich, poor, young, old.

Even if you do not have a history of depression, without warning, it can strike upon either the slightest or most significant change in life circumstance. We cannot immune ourselves from its reach. The most frightening reality is that we are all quite possibly one-life changing moment from being wrapped in depression’s tentacles. Losing a child, getting a divorce, the death of a loved one, any of these, all of these, can send you spiraling into a pit of a mental illness, depression. At any moment. Even people on top hit rock bottom.

Mental illness does not discriminate… it can happen, it can affect anyone regardless of any age and any gender. It doesn’t matter. It affects you in all stages of life, from birth through adulthood. And it affects you in every aspect of your day to day living. It is an equal opportunity illness that can afflict us all at anytime.

Mental illness does not care if you are a Hollywood celebrity, like Wil Wheaton(who shared his amazingly candid story on medium about his battle). His story….

Wil Wheaton Share His Battle With Mental Illness

When our mental health becomes compromised, it can prevent you from coping, engaging in life, and realizing our full potential. It affects our family, productivity, and friendships, which in turn impacts our society and communities.

Just like there are many physical illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, or colitis there are too many mental illnesses. Some may experience the constant worry, fear and debilitating effects of anxiety or maybe panic attacks, while others may endure the extreme lows of depression. Many may suffer the life altering effects of an eating disorder, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, or a trauma disorder, and others can live with schizophrenia or psychosis, just to name a few.

Just like other physical illnesses, mental illnesses are mild, but the others can be much more severe. Be it anxiety or diabetes, professional treatment is usually needed although there isn’t the perfect cure but there is hope.

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Don’t miss it!! Mental illness does not discriminate, It affects all… it don’t matter your age or gender. Your skin color it makes no difference. Mental illness can happen to anybody. It can start in the beginning, and last for a century. It can start at age 10 or 15, it’s confusing… it comes without a warning. Leaving you wondering if something’s wrong with you, it just comes out the blue. Even celebrities, has to deal with those same illnesses.

It can happen to anybody. Black or white….

If you or someone you know… think you may be struggling with depression or any other mental illness… talk to your doctor. Please! And remember you are not alone. Remember there is hope. Never give up! Keep fighting! And keep pushing! —- Face Depression

I’m So Happy!! 1,000 Likes On My Blog “Face Depression,” And I Received “The Sunshine Blogger Award,” Special Special Thanks To All My Followers!!

I’m So Happy!! 1,000 Likes On My Blog “Face Depression,” And I Received “The Sunshine Blogger Award,” Special Special Thanks To All My Followers!!

Good evening everyone!! How is everyone’s Thursday going?? It’s a very happy Thursday for me!! I woke up, thanked God for another day here on earth, brushed my teeth, and took my normal hour bath… and cooked me a little breakfast. I remember when I once didn’t even eat breakfast… I usually didn’t eat until late in the evening, that’s how I know getting the help I needed was in fact, astonishing for me… but yeah I cooked and ate, and I did the normal which is getting on WordPress and checking my blog/notifications, and search and read some other blogs. From my great followers, and more.

While checking my notifications I see my second notification….

Yesss!! 1,000 likes on my blog! I’m so thankful and I’m so happy!! If I could just help someone… (tears) I knew somebody is listening… someone would feel me. Someone would understand me. If I could just help that one, anyone, I was happy. I know how it feels to be diagnosed with a mental illness, and how hard it is to accept it. I know how hard it is to suffer from a mental illness, I know the signs, I know the feelings and thoughts that everyone are/Is experiencing.

It isn’t easy, and I know it’s very painful. I know how it is to not have a support system, or one not as strong as you need them to be, I know about it all. I know how it feels to feel alone. I know how it feels to feel all alone through it. But I found out, I am not alone. I found out mental illness claims so many, even some celebrities are struggling with mental illness. That right there… taught me nobody is perfect, and that it can happen to anybody.

I know how it feels to feel ashamed because of the negative stigma about mental illness. But I also realized not getting the help I needed, and me being ashamed about it, was also like me contributing to the negative stigma about mental illness. And that wasn’t happening. The only thing I wanted to contribute to is to spread awareness about mental illness. To teach others the signs and the symptoms, help others with coping, my journey with a mental illness as well as be a motivation to others. Being a motivation by showing them you are not alone, that there’s nothing wrong with asking for help or needing help, that there is hope, that treatments do work, and that they must never lose focus.

Looking at my notifications and to see my blog “Face Depression” has 1,000 likes is priceless. I’m so excited! And a special thanks to all my followers and new followers. Thanks to everyone who like my blog and takes time out of their day to read my posts. I’m very grateful… because when I first started my blog I didn’t think nobody would actually read my posts or understand where I’m coming from, my purpose. No it’s not 10,000 or 20,000 likes but it shows me that I’m going somewhere, that there’s nice people who actually read and see my creative side, and some understand just where I’m going, and some understanding the journey with a mental illness.

I am very grateful. 1,000 is a lot to me. It’s amazing. I have more courage to move forward.

Because your mental health matters! All of ours!!

Just like other physical illnesses are severe… such as cancer, diabetes, and lupus, mental illnesses is also… such as major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and schizophrenia. Just to name a few of them. And there’s so many people with a mental illness that don’t seek help, or treatment. Some may be ashamed or some may be afraid to labeled as ‘crazy’ which you are not, and than there’s some that may be in-denial about it. Some may even be scared… I know I was, because of the negative stigma about mental illness, but I eventually got the help I needed. I realized that me thinking it’ll go away on it’s own… was wrong! Everyday just got worse.

I’m here to tell those who are ashamed to get help, or those that know they need help but have to much pride to admit it/accept it, or even those who think asking for help makes you a weak person…. that getting the help and treatment you need is the best thing you can do for you, and your health. I’m here to tell to tell you, you, you, and you, that no matter the mental illness, without getting treatment things will just grow worse.

I’m very proud that my blog has 1,000 likes. To my followers, my readers… MUAH! Thanks for the support like the comments, the likes, shoutouts. Blogging is still very new to me, I’m still learning. But I’m very much paying attention. The other day I was awarded with the sunshine blogger award from a beautiful blogger of mine, Susi Bocks…

Me At The Top… 🙂

Thanks to everyone!! It’s a honor to be recognized. A special Thank you!! Especially to Ms. Susi Bocks! It makes me feel like I’m on the right track. Even though it’s been a few days ago, thanks so much Ms. Susi Bocks. Like I said blogging is still new to me… I’m not sure how to tag anyone, and I’m not sure if you can even tag on WordPress (lol) but I’m getting the hang of everything slowly but I’ll get there. I am thankful for all my readers, all my followers. I started blogging on mental illness because I want others to understand that it’s okay not to be okay, I want them to know that they’re not alone. Talk to someone, I’m here if anyone needs to talk. I’ll also help you find a good therapist, and counseling. Because that’s what I want… to talk to others and let them all know it’s all okay. I want to show them that getting treatment and counseling… will help them. I want them to understand that mental illness can be treated.

I want to show them that they can beat this! So I will most definitely keep blogging on mental illness. Mental illness gets no type of recognition. But that’s what I’m here for….

P.s I actually started writing this post this morning, at about 10 am… I had 2 appointments with my doctor, and I didn’t get to finish it. Which means I didn’t get a chance to publish it… until just now. But better late than never right?! (lol) I hope you all have a great night… remember to pray before you lay. Goodnight.

10 Things That Really Help With Depression And Anxiety

10 Things That Really Help With Depression And Anxiety

Depression is a very hard thing to deal with. It’s very painful. It can make you feel helpless. But you’re not. Depression is more than just feeling down or having a bad day. When a sad mood lasts for a long time and interferes with normal, everyday functioning, you may be depressed.

With therapy and some medications, there’s a lot you can do on your own to fight back. Changing your behavior: your physical activities, lifestyle and even your way of thinking— all are natural depression treatments.

These tips can help you feel better— starting right now.

1.) Get in a routine. Being depressed can strip away the structure of your life. Each day dissolves away. Setting a daily routine can really help. If you’re depressed a routine can help.

2.) Set some goals. When you’re depressed you feel like you can’t and won’t accomplish anything. It actually makes you feel worse about yourself. Start small. Make a goal you can succeed at, as simple as just doing the dishes. To push back, set everyday goals for yourself.

As you start to feel better, you can add more daily, challenging goals.

3.) Exercise. Exercising can have long-term benefits for people with depression. It temporarily boosts feel-good chemicals called endorphins. Regular exercise seems to inspire the brain to rewire itself in many positive ways. How much exercise do you need? You don’t need to run marathons or nothing to get benefits. Just walking 3 or 4 times a week a do the trick. It really works, it really help.

4.) Get enough sleep. Depression can make it very hard to get some shut-eye, and less sleep can make depression worse. What can you do? Try switching up your lifestyle. Try going to bed every night at the same time and get up everyday at the same time. Try not taking naps. By taking all distractions out your bedroom— no tv and no laptop. Than in time, you’ll find your sleep patterns start to improve.

5.) Take responsibilities. When you’re depressed, you may pull back, or want to pull back from life and give up your responsibilities at work and at home. Don’t. Staying involved and having daily responsibilities can actually help you maintain a lifestyle that can help challenge depression. They ground you and give you a sensation of accomplishment. If you’re not feeling up to full time work or school, that’s fine. Think about maybe part time. If that seems as to much consider volunteer work.

6.) Challenge negative thoughts. Fighting against depression a lot of the work is mental— change how you think. When you’re depressed you leap to the worst possible conclusions. Believe me, I know. Next time you’re feeling horrible about yourself, use logic as a natural depression treatment. You might feel like no one likes you, or no one loves you, but is real actual evidence for that? You might feel like you’re the worst person on earth, but is that really likely? Is that really true? Practice makes perfect. It takes practice, but in due time you can beat those negative thoughts before they get a bit out of control.

7.) Do something new. When depressed, you’re in a pothole. Do something different, do something new. Something you never do. Push yourself, maybe to a museum, or to the park. Get a book to read on the parks bench. Take a different language class. No matter what it is… do something different, do something new, even if it’s going to the zoo.

When we challenge ourselves to do something new, something different, there’s chemical changes in the brain. Trying something new alters the levels of the brain dopamine which is associated with pleasure, enjoyment, as well as learning.

8.) Mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness has many applications from increasing self-awareness and strengthening listening skills to improving concentration. Mindfulness meditation may rival antidepressants in easing the symptoms of depression. It decreases emotional reactivity, helping people disengage from emotionally upsetting pictures and better focus on cognitive tasks. It helps to reduce stress. Mindfulness is also a key component in building resiliency when facing life’s stressors.

9.) Eat healthy. Now there is no magic healthy diet that’ll fix depression and anxiety, but it is good to eat healthy though. Sometimes depression tends to make you overeat, getting in control of how and what you eat can make you feel a lot better. Although there’s nothing definitive there’s actually evidence that foods with omega-3 fatty acids such as, salmon and tuna, and folic acid such as, spinach as avocado, could help ease depression.

10.) Ease up on caffeine and alcohol. Both caffeine, which is a “upper,” and alcohol is a “downer,” which can make anxiety kick in overdrive. Cut back on them or avoid them if you can. Remember sodas and coffee aren’t the only things with caffeine. It can pop up in chocolate, tea, diet pills, and some headache medications.

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Mental Health: Some Reasons Why Most People Don’t Seek Help

Mental Health: Some Reasons Why Most People Don’t Seek Help

Shame or embarrassed. Most don’t want to be labeled as “crazy.” The negative stigma about mental illnesses, is very toxic! Fear of treatment is keeping most people from seeking help. For emotional and mental health problems.

From me to you… mental illness to mental illness, mental illness to the stigma, mental illness to the people

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Mental illness can take on many forms: depression, anxiety, ptsd, or bipolar, ocd, and so many more. They are not weaknesses but they are diagnosed illnesses. They are illnesses. And everyone needs to start viewing them all as such.

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Stress Really Kills Part 2

Stress Really Kills Part 2

Stress can lead to premature death.

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Stress is something we all come by at times, it doesn’t matter what day it is or it doesn’t matter what time it is, stress comes by. Sometimes it can be something so simple like being late for work.

Things so simple, could stress you out. A stressor is anything that disturbs homeostasis. It could be social or physical.

Emotional stress, the kind of stress that stays around for months are even weeks, can in fact weaken your immune system and cause high blood pressure, fatigue, depression, anxiety and even heart disease, you wouldn’t believe the half that stress does. Yes, stress is a normal part of life. Many incidents that happen to you or around you– and many things that you do to yourself– puts stress on your body, you can come up against good or bad shapes of stress from your house hold or environment, your thoughts, and your body.

There’s the accumulated stresses of everyday life, not enough sleep, long travels, raising kids, and not enough sleep nor exercise. Those stresses of everyday like a get you. It can damage your health in irreparable ways– from heart problems, from early aging, and it could end up to long term disability. Being stressed out causes most people to make even more mistakes.

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Besides sitting your keys one place, and thinking they are another place, stress can have a negative impact on your health. Being stressed makes it very difficult to control your emotions. It’s definitely no secret that stress can fall from the sky. Stress can bring on diseases, some are more subject to certain diseases and chronic stress can give these conditions the big green light. Did you know that stress can be linked to illnesses that include cancer, lung disease, fatal accidents, suicide, and cirrhosis of the live?

Stress can even affect your love life. Sex is a pleasurable and effective way to relieve stressful moments. But stress can take you out the mood real quick. You’ll have no desire of it.

Have you ever just stopped and thought about all the stress in your life? Your reactions to stress can make you very sick, and even shorten your life.

Many of us have learned to except stress as normal part of our lives. But ongoing stress, chronic stress, isn’t healthy at all.

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