“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.