This is a brilliant read! Though it may be from the other side of the world (USA) it is still pretty accurate! Though mental health services in the UK are different, the stigma from others is certainly still there. Moreover, the stigma present in media (even on the other side of the world) affects the portrayal and perception of mental illness universally.
This is a must read 🙂
“We all get the blues!”
You: Um, so… I can’t function on a daily basis. I’m on the floor right now, unable to move. I’ve been sobbing for so long that I can’t breathe. This is my everyday. This is NOT “the blues.”
“Just be strong and put on a smile.”
You: Obviously I’ve tried that. I’ve gone to the Olive Garden and eaten breadsticks and spaghetti like a champ, talked about the weather, and smiled my best smile (while simultaneously losing it inside) 30 mins at table smiling, 4 mins in bathroom crying, back to table smiling for another 15. “Check please.” I’m trying so hard. Thanks for making me feel worse about myself and like I’m weak. I’m already ashamed.
“My cousin cured her depression by eliminating gluten.”
You: Ya, so you’re making me feel worse. *cries and eats almond flower cookie*
“This will be your new doctor-…
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