Open letter to anyone who has a Mental Illness

I’d like to talk about this because frankly I don’t think it’s talked about enough in our society. I think it’s almost taboo to talk about unfortunately. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. Mental health is just as important to talk about as physical health. I don’t and never will understand why Mental Health is so shameful to talk about. It’s getting better but we still have a long way to go. I’d like to point out a few things that I think are important.

So with that I’d like to write an open letter to anyone who has a Mental Illness. I’d like to tell some things to remember. I’d also like to tell you that I completely understand I have anxiety/panic disorder and possibly PTSD. I haven’t been formally diagnosed with PTSD but after all I’ve been through I wouldn’t be shocked if I had it.

Dear Anyone who has a Mental Illness,

Society might tell you that you’re broken and need to be fixed. Society might tell you that you’re sick and not capable of doing normal things. Society might judge you for going to therapy and not having it all together. Society might make you feel like shit for not being happy all the time and not always having the strength to get out of bed in the morning.

I’d like to debunk that bullshit. You are NOT broken and you do not need to be fixed. You aren’t sick and you are capable of doing normal things. Going to therapy is a sign of profound strength not weakness. You aren’t weak for getting help. You are incredibly strong. I wanted to emphasize that again because it’s so important.

You don’t have to be happy all the time, in fact if you were I’d be worried. Humans have emotions and every right to express them. The fact that you’re trying is enough. You’re trying everyday. I applaud you for that. You deserve to live a life of love and happiness. It’s beyond frustrating I know but you can do it.

-Amanda

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