#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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#20: My self worth needs daily validation.

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Words by Gus 

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

Depression

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

Everything is slowed down and feels heavy, especially my emotions.

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

My self worth needs validation, daily.

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 okay with sadness not of their own making.

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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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#19: These things are something that I just live with.

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Words by Anonymous | Age 20

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

Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, and Panic Attacks.

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

It’s a part of me but doesn’t define me. Yes, sometimes I can’t sleep because I have panic attacks throughout the night. Sometimes I just can’t get out of bed. Sometimes my anxiety makes it hard to interact with others, but I am not these things. I am my own person. These things are something that I just live with.

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

That it’s wrong to talk about and be accepting of. When I can talk positively about my experiences, I feel guilty or ashamed. I want to be able to be open and unashamed of my illnesses.

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?:

It’s okay NOT to know what to say. Sometimes there are no words. When they are ready to talk, simply let them know that they are loved and supported. Anger and sadness is normal; don’t take them out on the person. It will make connecting harder. There is nothing wrong with loving someone with a mental illness. There is nothing wrong with needing a break to take care of yourself either.

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#18: I’m still putting the pieces of myself back together.

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Words by Anonymous

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

Depression. A lot of it is rooted in a very contentious custody battle that my parents fought for six years. I was put in the middle. Although my father was wonderful in a lot of ways, he often bad-mouthed my mother in front of me, and devoted a substantial portion of his time to telling me what a bad parent and person she was. He died when I was 16 and I went to live with my mother.

By this point, I viewed my mother as an untrustworthy, negative influence — at best — and I hated myself. I was – and still am – a lot like her. After all, she’s one half of who I am.

As a result, I held hostility towards my mom for a long time, which affected our relationship. Nearly 15 years later, I’m still putting the pieces of myself back together.

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

I want people to know I’m in a lot of pain. I keep imagining someone saying to me, “well, you can just get over this” or thinking this is like, a personality construct to feed something depraved within myself or get attention. But only a person who hasn’t been clinically depressed would say that. I’ve often found the people who are so righteous and quick to judge are those who have no experience with this illness whatsoever.

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

I’m trying to figure out how to not let this incapacitate me. It’s easier said than done.

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?:

If they have activities they like to do, support that (i.e. guitar, painting, gardening, etc.). Activities and hobbies can help keep a person in the moment, solely on the task at hand, and provide a respite from the pervasiveness of depression and anxiety.

I strongly believe that most people living with a mental illness want more than anything to feel normal. Judgments will serve as a reminder that they don’t feel normal. This doesn’t end well.

The person providing support needs to be an active participant in their own treatment. Mental illness has already compromised their agency. So, their job is to help the person nurture it, and there is no setting more powerful in which to do it than when discussing treatment.

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#17: I’m still carrying a ton of shame about it.

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Words by Anonymous

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

Anxiety with symptoms of dissociative disorder. I’ve been unable to get out of bed for the last couple of weeks.

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

I’ve only been going to therapy for about 8 months now and honestly, I haven’t told anyone about it. My parents don’t know and I’ve mentioned therapy to a few friends but no details have been shared.

I’m still carrying a ton of shame about it and I worry that if I tell people, they’ll think I’m weak. I’m working on it, but my response to any kind of feelings right now is either to spiral out or completely shut down.

I don’t feel in control of myself.

I’d like people to know that I’m still me but sometimes I just need a little kindness that I haven’t learned to give myself yet.

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

I want to unlearn this philosophy of “suck it up and get to work” that I’ve been fed since I was a child. It makes it really tough to be nice on myself on bad days.

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?

Just be open to listening to them. Even if it’s uncomfortable, just listen, don’t offer solutions, don’t tell them about some cousin of your’s who fought depression by going to the gym or having a baby or something. Just listen.

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#16: I’m learning to accept myself for who I am.

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Words by Anonymous

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

Chronic Depression, General Anxiety Disorder and PTSD.

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

It takes strength to live my life with ongoing mental challenges including: listening to my doctor and therapist, doing proper self care, and working hard so that my illness remains in my corner and does not bleed into anyone else. My goal is to be the best I can be each day.

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

A mental illness left without treatment will control one’s life. I am learning to stop this control. I am different from other people and that is okay. I’m learning to accept myself for who I am with my illness.

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?

Seek outside support. One cannot do it on their own. I spent a year in bed with my deepest depression. My family cared for me, but I had to be honest and start caring for myself. I was scared to get help. My doctor literally saved my life and brought me out of the woods. If your loved one will not get help, then the caregiver must get help for themselves. The support person cannot allow the illness of a loved one to rule their life. Resentment or being held a victim is not loving

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#15: It’s only a fraction of who I am.

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Words by Gailen | Age 55

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

Anxiety, Depression and mild OCD, with the occasional panic attack just for giggles

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

It’s only a fraction of who I am. It also is a wonderful piece of me. I am kinder, more thoughtful, more empathetic.

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

Believing the crap my inner critic tells me.

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, never tell to just relax, hold space for them and ask them what they need at that moment! Be non judgmental.

Follow Gailen on Instagram.

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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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