Day: May 14, 2016
“A tongue has no bones, but it is strong enough to break a heart so be careful with your words.”
I know we live in a time, where we can “speak our minds” whether in person or over the internet, however still I think we should really take care of words, because they have the power to heal or destroy, especially to people who live with mental illness. It’s already hard enough to be going through it every day and then for someone just discount or belittle the hell you go through everyday is just….demeaning and insensitive!
So for those who want to talk to someone they know or just met or heck…each other, how do you talk to someone with an mental illness? Well, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) created an infographic tilted “What Helps vs What Hurts: Talking to Someone With A Mental Disorder” that provides examples of the do’s and don’ts when talking to someone with a mental health disorder. If we are to reduce stigma towards mental illnesses then let’s begin by being weary of the words we say when speaking with one another.
If you’re like me living with mental illness then you know what it’s like to go to hell and back and then to go through hell and back again. You know what it’s like to be misunderstood, alone—and even when you’re surrounded people, you still feel alone. You know what it’s like to struggle to get out of bed, regardless of the fact you have get up on time to beat traffic to make it on work on time.You know what it’s like to keep on living even when a part of you just wants to fade away from existence. You know what it’s like to cry for help and yet have no one to answer your cries for help.
However, if you’re like me living with mental illness then you know what it’s like keep moving forward regardless of demons in your head standing in your way. You know what it’s like to recognize how strong you were even before you were diagnosed and treated for your mental illness. You know what it’s like to finally return to daily activities after being absent from them for certain amount of time. You know what it’s like to keep a strong face regardless for the storms you are facing.
You have to give yourself a big round of applause for always coming through for yourself, even on the days you wanted to give up.