Living with a mental illness is like having the music blasting all the way up but still not being able to hear, feeling as though everything in your life is “harder” or “takes more effort” than the average person. Mental illness has become something so common, my professors say all the time that nowadays everybody could be diagnosed with SOMETHING thanks to the DSM-5.
Living with a mental illness is different for everybody, just like recovery is different for everybody. For me personally? It’s like i’m constantly walking on eggshells with myself because I never know what I’m going to get. It’s like making sure that I stay calm when things start to go out of control, yet feeling inadequete when they become too much to handle. It’s having friends but feeling more alone than ever, it’s knowing that you have so much to be grateful for but, you simply just can’t see it that way. For me, it’s knowing that I’m better than I was but can also be better than I am at this very moment.
Depression, eating disorders, anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders, etc. No matter the mental illness or where it may lie in the DSM-5, at the heart of it it’s something that makes life a little more challenging, it’s something that we are told constantly to not let define us yet it’s so hard to not see it that way when it feels like you’re the only one who’s struggling.
Mental illness effects more people than we know and although sometimes it feels like you were dealt awful cards, the people who have depth to them are typically the people that are going to change the world.