“I pledge my commitment to the Blog for Mental Health 2014 Project. I will blog about mental health topics not only for myself, but for others. By displaying this badge, I show my pride, dedication, and acceptance for mental health. I use this to promote mental health education in the struggle to erase stigma.”
I think this is important. I find it great to get advice from people but more I find it theraputic to get my words out there and see I’m not alone, knowing I might be doing the same for someone else. My depression is something I do struggle with but my anxiety disorders are the ones that really impact my day to day life and constantly prevent me from doing things, or suck the enjoyment out of doing said things. Learning to control these mental health conditions is a long and hard process. I’ve been anxious my whole life. It started at two years old when my father left and has got steadily worse. I don’t remember not feeling this way.
I have to constantly put myself in situations I’d rather not have to deal with to battle my gremlins. Of course, it is important to try and not take too big a step at a time but the steps still need taken and they tend not to be fun until you’ve done them and can sit back and go OH I DID IT GO ME. I spend hours filling out boring sheets and confronting my feelings and it sucks but it has to be done to improve. Knowing I’m not the only person doing that helps. Knowing I’m not the only person facing these challenges helps. Knowing that for every person that tells me I just need to do X, Y or Z to get better there is a person blogging about how they get it, helps. That is why I blog too. To get things off my chest yeah, but mostly to help.