Today I’m double dipping. I’ve got a post up that is important to me.
Not knowing exactly when it was going up ….. I also committed to Use Your Words.
So today…I’m integrating these two.
You’re going to find highlights (and low points) of my ‘story’ today on a post at Old School/New School Mom in a series she has called Stigma Fighters. I realize I’m sharing a very intimate part of my life with complete strangers. But that’s what fighting stigma is about.
When you deal with mental health issues, if feels as though your mind is broken. And there is stigma associated with admitting there’s a problem. It doesn’t make you a weak person. It doesn’t make you a loser. In fact, when you seek help it shows the world just how strong you can be. And maybe, just maybe, you’ll give another the courage to do the same. It could mean the difference between life and death.
You deal with your health issues when they seem simple – like a cold or a sprained ankle. Why should keeping your mind healthy be any different? Realizing you need help is hard. I didn’t see it when I was in the thick of the worst. It took Dr. Evil telling me something was wrong after I had my second child and a minor car accident. My reaction was over the top. Way over the top.
But I sought help. And over the years I’ve learned to follow my instincts when I sense I’m not on a good path. And I’ve learned to deal with many of the issues that cause me to trigger.
At the end of the day….I’m a happy, healthy person. And I can say that now because I’m dealing with my demons. I have issues, but who doesn’t?
And now….I’m working to break the stigma. Check out the post over at Old School/New School Mom.
Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.
I’m using: Highlights, complete stranger, mind, and follow your instincts
They were submitted by: Confessions of a part-time working mom
YOU MUST READ her blog! And all of the others! I have SPOKEN. And I’m the all powerful EVIL JOY. Do as I command….or I’ll go EVIL ON YOUR ARSE.
(I had to throw that in….I’m normally sort of a cheeky blogger who is more humorous than serious…..don’t want people to miss that side of me!!!)
Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:
http://bakinginatornado.com Baking In A Tornado
http://batteredhope.blogspot.com Battered Hope
http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/ Confessions of a part-time working mom
http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com Someone Else’s Genius
http://fbxadventures.blogspot.com FBX Adventures (In Parenting)
http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/ Spatulas on Parade
http://stacysewsandschools.blogspot.com/ Stacy Sews and Schools
http://www.eviljoyspeaks.wordpress.com Evil Joy Speaks
http://www.healingtomato.com Healing Tomato