The thing that hasn't yet changed is the stigma attached to mental health. And even more, the stigma about eating disorders. It is frustrating and sad to hear people speak of eating disorders as "fads" or "attention seeking." It is frustrating and sad to hear people whisper about depression and anxiety. If only they knew that in a room of 20 people, 5 likely suffer from a diagnosable mental illness.
But no one talks about it. And if no one talks about it, the secrecy just increases the shame.
I've been talking about it. Slowly at first, and quietly, and with a few trusted people. But through the blogging community, I've grown stronger. And braver. And though I still struggle daily, the shame is decreasing as the secrecy lessens.
In the beginning, things were definitely rougher. Below are snippets of my journey that I hope will inspire you to try something new on yours...
Stress and Attitude
A Wake Up Call
Everybody Knows Somebody
I Just Don't Get It
Self-Care vs. Self-Neglect
Caving, In a Good Way!
To close out World Mental Health Awareness Day, I want to share something that was shared at Psych Central's Blog Party. The page is now full of amazing stories shared by courageous people. When you have a healthy dose of courage, it helps to also have a bit of humor mixed in. This video should do the trick! Serious and funny at the same time, it is, in my mind, a great end to a great day.