Put this in my Facebook and figured I'd out it here too. It's long so will be continued in the comments.
I know I'm late to the mental health awareness week thing but I've been working up to writing this
In all of these pictures I'm still mentally ill, I'm still severely depressed and suffering with a whole lot of problems and I bet you'd be surprised if I told you which picture I felt worse in
Mental illness takes on many forms and sometimes it's crying uncontrollably for hours but sometimes it's putting on a smile and getting on with your day
Just because someone looks happy in pictures, doesn't mean there isn't a lot of stuff going on behind them
I've been told I don't have a reason to be depressed, that I look too happy to be suicidal, that it's selfish to self harm when others have it worse and a whole lot more
Anyone can suffer with mental illness, absolutely anyone and just because someone is smiling doesn't mean they're not suffering
Hell one of my old therapists said that I was cured because I smiled in our sessions sometimes
Mental illness doesn't have a face, it isn't often the pretty thin girls who look beautiful when they cry that we see on tv and film
I'm not particularly sure where I'm going with this now but just know that anyone can suffer even if they seem fine on the outside, never judge and never say things like the comments I've had
You could never know when someone is suffering so much
That's why it's important to talk about these things, to share and to ask questions. No one will be offended if you don't understand something, just be kind and ask nicely and we will always explain it to you
I suffer with bpd, depression, anxiety, bdd, ptsd, psychosis, dissociation and did. I've overcome suicide attempts, suicidal thoughts, abuse, self harm, eating disorder behaviour and a whole lot of other stuff but I am still standing.
If you don't want a real answer on how someone really is, just don't ask, it's insulting and upsetting. But if you're prepared for the fact the answer might not be 'good' then ask away.
Mental illness is something that will never truly go away and I will likely be on meds for life. I used to be ashamed of that but not