#5: Falling in love with a person won’t cure you.

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Words by Anonymous

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

PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, and Attention Disorder

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

Falling in love with a person or a pursuit won’t cure you. But, you don’t have to wait to be “cured”(or treated, or better, or healed) to fall in love either.

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

The expectation that time will help old trauma fade.

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?

Don’t forget to take care of your own mental and emotional health. You don’t have to be perfect or unfailing in your life and support.

 

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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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