WHY YOUR MENTAL HEALTH STRUGGLES ARE VALID
The pressure to be perfect has never been as suffocating as it is today. With perceived “perfection” posted all over social media on a daily basis, it’s hard to turn off the comparisons. But I want you to understand that everyone must overcome adversities, and everyone has invisible struggles that you’ll never be able to see. So, when the feeling of not being good enough, or pretty enough, or accomplished enough or successful enough begins to eat away at you… I want you to remember that your experience, illness, or trauma is valid.
It’s so easy for people to validate physical illness. If somebody has a broken arm, you’re not going to tell him to suck it up & rub some dirt in it, or tell them they’re being dramatic. You’re going to take them seriously and offer them empathy and support.
It’s easy to visualize what it must feel like to have a broken arm and how difficult it must be to live a normal life because of it… But when someone has a chemical imbalance in their brain and are struggling with mental illness because of it, or are healing from an experience or trauma… the empathy and support diminishes, and the illness is no longer taken seriously.
When someone can tangibly see what’s physically wrong with someone – the entire narrative changes. Our opinion of how severe an illness is, changes. The problem is, because people can’t see the illness, they think it’s not valid, or severe or as deteriorating as physical illnesses, when there are many times where mental illness can actually be more life threatening than physical illness, and 4 of the 6 leading causes of years lived with disability are attributed to those with neuropsychiatric disorders.
DISORDERS ARE THE
They’re highly treatable, but only 36% of people with anxiety disorders receive treatment. Why? One word. Stigma.
Stigma is the immobilizing thing that disables people from receiving treatment in fear of how other people will treat them. It’s the thing that causes lack of understanding and apathy from family, friends, co-workers, and others, it’s the thing that causes people to have a harder time finding and keeping work, school, and social activities.
It’s what causes the belief that you’ll never succeed at certain challenges or that you can’t improve your situation because of your mental illness, and it is the leading cause of bullying, suicide, and body dysmorphia. It’s the leading cause of so many people trying tirelessly to fit inside this perceived illusion of what is “normal”.
YOUR WORTH IS NOT DEFINED BY YOUR ABILITY TO BE "NORMAL"
And it is NOT defined by your ability to look a certain way, act a certain way, and feel a certain way… Your worth is defined by your ability to recognize that the only thing that is NORMAL, is what YOU create it to be.
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