#21: I’d really like to be less pessimistic.

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Words by Anonymous

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

Depression + anxiety. 

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

I’d really like to be less pessimistic, but I cannot always manage. 

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

I wan’t to stop telling myself: Anxiety is not real, you just think too much. 

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?

Hug them often. They matter so much. 

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