I always find any days that talk about mental health

I always find any days that talk about mental health

10/10/2021, 7:14:30 AM
I always find any days that talk about mental health incredibly isolating. And given today is World Mental Health Day it’s a perfect time to chat about this. There’s a bunch of reasons for this isolation, but most of all it’s because I’ve yet to see someone talk about what I’ve been diagnosed with. Which is no ones fault other than the stigma society puts on it but I want to rectify it. I’m slowly trying to believe that labels don’t define you and that diagnoses don’t dictate your life and identity. But in the interest of World Mental Health Day here I am. I have Borderline Personality Disorder. It’s common in clinical populations, but not a lot of people talk about it. And I get why, it’s highly stigmatised in both health professionals and the general population. Some of the battle of living with bpd is trying to get people to believe how much pain you can be in. Maybe you haven’t heard of it, maybe you have. In the media it’s portrayed in movies/tv shows such as; Girl, Interrupted. Crazy Ex Girlfriend. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. And I’ll stop there because that’s where the okay portrayals end imo. It’s a whole list of symptoms but I don’t want to talk about those, you can google the DSM. I want to talk about what its made me. And I’m just one persons experience. I cannot speak for anyone else. Listen to all of us. There are hundreds of ways this can manifest. Without my brain the way it is I wouldn’t be a PhD student, I wouldn’t have my two cats. And I wouldn’t read as much as I do as a coping strategy. I’m sharing this because I don’t want to be ashamed of the thing that whilst utterly terrible, has also shaped me. I don’t want to be scared that someone will find out, so here is to taking power back over this. If anyone with BPD sees this and knows they’re not alone, then that is one hundred percent worth it. On this World Mental Health Day all I ask is that we start to accept the less socially acceptable symptoms of mental illnesses, because we’re trying our best. Life is hard, this means I have to work a little harder to function, but it doesn’t make me a monster like most of the people on the internet would have you believe ✨🧠

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