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CONTENT WARNING: This post mentions self-harm and suicide.
There’s still an incredible amount of stigma and misconceptions regarding all types of mental illnesses. Every mental illness is difficult, and it should never be a competition for who has is it worse.
It took me a very long time to get the point where I understood and accepted my mental illnesses. I’m still on the road to recovery, but I’m growing and learning about myself every day.
Here are my top 3 reasons why I chose to completely stop apologizing for my mental illnesses:
Why I Completely Stopped Apologizing for My Mental Illnesses
1. IT WASN’T MY CHOICE
You wouldn’t apologize for having a broken leg. You wouldn’t apologize for having asthma. And you certainty would not apologize for having cancer.
I didn’t choose to develop anxiety at a terribly young age. Nor did I chose to wear diapers as an 8 year old because I was “acting like a baby.” I didn’t choose to develop debilitating panic attacks, separation anxiety, and Relationship OCD. My depression, self-harm addiction, and suicidal thoughts were also not my choice.
There’s mental illnesses on both sides of my family, so it’s very possible I had a genetic predisposition to my mental illnesses. They didn’t choose theirs, and neither did I.
2. I CAN’T CONTROL IT
If I could control my thoughts and reactions to things, why would I choose to live a life where I’m scared to even leave my bedroom? Why would I chose a life just so I could end it?
Why would I choose dizziness, numbness, racing heartbeat, and feelings of intense constriction? Mumbled speech, irritability, short fuses, a complete need for control?
I have no motivation. No energy. Zero feelings of hope. I’m plagued by thoughts of self-harm. I only fantasize about my death.
What I can control, though, is choosing recovery. But I’m also to the point where I need therapy so bad that I need therapy just to go to therapy.
3. TALKING HELPS OTHERS
I’ve spent a lot of time thinking that I was worthless. So many people have made me feel like I was the problem. I was the reason I was like this. I wasn’t doing enough to help myself.
But I am doing enough. I am still here. I fight back every single day
And I’m going to continue to fight against stigma as hard as I can. I’m going to keep the conversation going, so people will know that they’re not alone. That it’s okay to not be okay.
I want to be the person I needed when I was younger. I will not apologize for trying to help as many people as I can possibly muster.
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