Living with Mental Illness: The honor of letting it out

There is so much hurt and pain in the world that people often feel trapped, within their emotions. The prejudice, disdain and scorn associated with the diagnosis of mental illnesses, have resulted in several loss of lives, with many haven ‘gone too soon’.

Every night, so many people wish for someone they could talk to; to let out all the pain and anguish they have bottled within for so long. But they are unable to, due to the huge amount of pressure; society has placed on their shoulders.

Living in this world is serious business, and if you must stay ahead of the pack, you must be both mentally, physically and emotionally sound. Unfortunately, not too many people are able to keep up with these requirements, and easily buckle under the stresses and torments, that life sometimes throws at them.

We all somehow, some where know of people who may not be having a jolly good ride with life. We see them every day; at our jobs, grocery stores, streets, park games and even within our households. How much more can we do to help our fellow human beings, battling with the devastating effects of mental illnesses?

Many times, the society doesn’t provide an enabling environment for people to divulge their weaknesses-confess their hurts, pains and disappointments to others; and because of the fear associated with stigmatization, rejection and bias, so many loved ones have left us too soon.

Are you feeling blue or depressed? Is life dealing you some blows that you think you have gotten to the breaking point? Do you wear a charade smile just to cover up the pain you are going through? Are you being bullied because you cannot help yourself get out of that bad situation, and don’t feel empowered enough to let it out or tell anyone about it? This piece is especially dedicated to you.depression-2912404_1280Please know that you are special, and that taking the quickest way out by ending your own life is not the best option. Regardless of what may be holding you down, I want you to know that there is still a lot of goodness in this world, just waiting to present itself to you. If any of the above applies to you, please follow these nuggets I have written specifically for you below:

  1. You do not have to suffer in silence, alone. Contrary to what you have believed all this while, there are actually some good people out there, willing to lend a helping hand, and guide you through your journey. Don’t be limited by the fear of rejection, but rather brace up yourself and find someone to talk to. You can also access any community support groups where you live, and just experience the relief of sharing that pain with someone else. Remember that, a problem shared, is a problem half solved.
  2. Asking for help when necessary is not a sign of weakness, but rather is a sign of strength and courage. It is an honorable practice to let out your emotions, and ask for help from others when necessary. It is the people who pretend to be strong, and refuse to ask for help that are really the weak ones. Your ability to recognize that you need help and ask for one, is a sign that you are resilient and tough, and puts you in the position that better tackles and addresses that despair, head-on.
  3. Mental illness is not something to be ashamed about. Just like a man or woman with high blood pressure goes to the doctor for treatment and the right medications to help them stay healthier, so is mental illness. You do not need to be ashamed about anything. It is your life, and you should take charge of it and be confident to do that which makes you better physically, emotionally, or psychologically.

I would be happy to chat with you if you need that someone with a listening ear. Please feel free to drop me a line in the contact page.

To your continued success. Cheers!!!

Evi Abada

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