National Mental Health Awareness Week


Please...please ...pass it on!

Please…please …pass it on!

“Stomp Out the Stigma”
So many of us suffer in silence, afraid of being judged. Judged incompetent, judged unfit, Judged for falling short. I am tired of being quiet. I am bi-polar, agoraphobic, and have panic and anxiety disorders. Do you think it’s easy to live like this? Do you think I enjoy not being able to do the simple things people take for granted everyday like going outside, going for a drive, or going to the grocery store? No, I sit in wretched silence, watching life pass me by.

Yes, it’s all in my head, that’s why it’s called mental health. I can’t help the things I do or the thoughts I think.

Yes, medication helps, but not everything.

Then there are the side effects: I’ve lost all my teeth, I’m overweight, my hair is thinning. All these are side effects of my meds, but if i don’t take them then I fall into a pit of despair. Then I don’t care and I hate me. So, what is the point of living?

If I had a visible disease people would reach out to me, but mine is silent.

I will be silent no more.

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  1. In response to your post, I feel your pain. I too suffer from fits of passivity, feelings of inadequacy and unfounded anxieties. I confess to even suffering an anxiety attack right in the middle of my college parking lot in the middle of Spring Break when no one was even there. True story 2013 AD. I hear you loud and clear. The only thing I can offer to you is to press in and fight hard to overcome these feelings.I hope you begin to love yourself first and take walks int he park and enjoy the simple things of life. Listen to music l wonderful music go the library and loose yourself int he shelves of voices that have stories of their own to share with you to whom ever will lend an ear to listen. I write so I believe by default my mind stays somewhat sound through the journalling. Even if i journal about what i buy at the grocery store. These feelings are not yours they are from a another source, They are even from the devil himself. I am a Christian and I do come with good news that the Lord will walk through this with you as a matter of fact He is with you right now. But you have to believe in the power that He brings to our lives. It is written that He would give us power to cast out devils in his name. You can speak to yourself with authority and cast out those feelings or unctions. You can call them out by their name and they will have to obey you. You can say, mountain of fear, get thee behind me and command mercy and goodness to follow you all the days of your life. You have the power the Lord even said in His Word, “Is not my word nigh thee? Even in thine mouth.”
    I pray you are having a string and courageous day in the Lord. Your friend, sincerelyjessicamaerichardson.wordpress.com #ladytambourine.

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  2. Hi JOANNR7

    I’m not a Christian, so I’m not to sure about the power of faith, but all I can say is hang on in there, and keep on reaching out to others. You are not alone, and it is great that you have the courage to come out and speak about such matters. I have got two ideas that night help you

    You may have done so already, but have you checked on line about Agoraphobia support groups in your area? There is as much of a guarantee that they might help as there is with any support group network, but at least you might be able to get support from the security of your home.

    Secondly, have you tried hypnotherapy or relaxation techniques? I am not saying they will cure your conbdition, but they might help to ease the problems that you are having. Of all the techniques I have used or been subjected to over the years to ease my depression, these two have proved to be the most sucessful so far. Hypnotherapy C.D.s targeting Agoraphobia and other related conditions are available, and the process is non-invasive, it can be used from the comfort of your own home or any other safe place of your choosing, and it has nothing to do with the stage hypnosis tricks that make you look like a fool.

    Whatever else you do though, keep on going. Yes it’s tough, yes , at times, it all seems so pointless, and no, there is no absolute guarantee that all your problems will be solved; but why not keep on pushing to go forward, after all, what have you got to lose!

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