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Words by Anonymous | Age 25

What mental illness(es) are you currently living with?

Anxiety and Depression.

What’s one thing you want others to know about your mental illness?

It isn’t always visible to you when looking in from the outside, but on the inside, it is a constant low-simmering struggle that touches everything I think, feel, and do.

What’s one thing you’re seeking to unlearn about the mental illness(es) you live with?

That it defines you.

What’s one piece of advice you’d give to someone who loves a person living with a mental illness, and wants to support them?

Be patient and empathetic but don’t be a doormat, and don’t let the person you love constantly make excuses. As a loved one, you might be their inspiration to seek help and better themselves. Set boundaries to help them learn how to regulate their illness.


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There’s someone that needs to hear that mental illness doesn’t define us. There’s a lot of noise out there about who we are and what we’re capable of. But, we get to speak for ourselves. That’s why this series exists. It’s a small but meaningful addition to Mental Health Awareness MonthStorytelling can break chains and make us feel less alone. Our truths can help others see the other side of a thing, of a person. Our stories can help someone feel a little more empowered, and a little more hopeful. Each series storyteller was brave enough to share a piece of their truth.

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Published by Sinclair P Ceasar III

Sinclair Ceasar is a speaker, podcaster, and higher ed professional committed to helping people live a better story, and be more hopeful. He sends weekly inspirational emails to over 1K readers each Monday. Email him at or connect with him via Twitter @Sinclair_Ceasar

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