First of all, we are so sorry nobody's been posting. I should be able to post periodically now.
On to what I wanted to post about: mental illness. "Oh like crazy people?" you may ask. Actually most people with mental illnesses aren't what you'd define as "crazy". This stigma is a big problem for people who actually do have one. So I just thought I'd clear up some things that are common things people say/think about it that bug me.
1) "We need to get these people off the streets! They're dangerous!"
-Actually around 30% of the population will suffer from some form of mental illness within their lifetime. Additionally, most mental illnesses (such as Anxiety or Depression) don't make people dangerous to others at all, and among the ones that can make somebody violent or dangerous, a very small percentage are actually any danger to anyone.
2) "Just get over it!" or "You're overreacting!" or "Just think positively!" etc.
-This is one of my biggest pet peeves ever. Mental illness is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. Just like your stomach can get sick or you can get cancer, your brain can get sick too, and it's not your fault. Most the time, it's just that your genetics make you more prone to it. So telling somebody with Anxiety to just "calm down" is like telling somebody with the flu to just "stop throwing up".
3) "You shouldn't be taking those drugs to make you happy. You can just use these essential oils/natural remedies/sleep more/exercise/think positively."
-Like the above, may I point out that if you had appendicitis you wouldn't say "I'll just sleep more and it'll go away." or "I'll just go for a run and then my appendix won't explode." Sure those things can help, but sometimes only an antidepressant or anti-anxiety pill etc will really make you able to cope and get through the day.
4) "That's not real. It's just a doctor's excuse to get money for visits and medicine." or "You're just an attention seeker."
-Um.... no. Just no. It's very real. Being emotionally unable to get out of bed and get dressed is not something you fake. Especially because there's such a big stigma against it that nobody would really want to fake it just for attention because they'd be seen as a freak.
5)"But you could totally [insert activity that they could do yesterday but not today] yesterday!"
-What somebody with a mental disorder can do often varies from day to day. Don't judge that. Sometimes they just have a really bad day and aren't up to doing said thing.
6)"Why are you afraid of that? Nothing bad will happen/it's really unlikely that anything bad will happen."
-Don't question it. Sometimes they just can't explain it or it would be too hard to even talk about it.
7)"There are so many people who have it worse than you!"
-Haha yeah I know. But how would you like to wake up with your hands shaking and not being able to breathe, then less than 2 hrs later have an excruciating stress headache? Forget feeling good if you forget your morning Prozac, your day is about to be crappy no matter how many awesome things happen that day.
Sorry if that last one (or any of them) were at all cynical or mean sounding. Have a great day and go hug your favourite depressed or anxious person (with permission of course). :)
November 27, 2013
September 30, 2013
Hey, sorry, I know that no one has posted in two weeks and that's mainly because Ive just had so much homework lately and just haven't had time. So, I talked to Lizzie Lou and Ham and we agreed that we are only going to post once a week. Once we get more time we might do more but for now this is all anyone has time for. Sorry. This week I will try to post on either Thursday or Friday.
September 13, 2013
Hey, so today I thought I'd talk about bullies. I know someone else has already spoken about this, but I thought that this time I'd talk about the victim instead of the bully. If someone is bullying you, don't be afraid to step up and tell someone. Even if they threaten you. No one has the right to put you down and make you feel bad about yourself. Everyone has the right to feel good about themselves.
September 11, 2013
September 10, 2013
Today is world suicide prevention day! I would have worn a yellow ribbon around my wrist if I had known before school, but I didn't. Oh well. I just wanted to say that if anybody out there is thinking they have no reason to live, you're wrong. Think of all the cookies, all the hugs and fun times with your friends you'll miss if you don't keep going. I promise it'll get better. So much better. You'll fall in love and that person will fall in love with you. Or maybe you won't. And if you don't, you can be a very successful person and still do amazing things, even if you aren't married. I believe in you. One of my favourite sayings is "fall down six times, get up seven". Or you could fall down a thousand times and get up a thousand and one time. If you need to talk, you can always talk to me. I don't care if it seems like nobody else would ever understand, I will try my best. I love you so much, dear!
September 9, 2013
September 6, 2013
Hey, so today I thought I would talk about overweight people, because that is a concept near and dear to my heart. I've always been a little chubby and been uncomfortable with people in my school, my friends, even my family because they are all stick thin. I try to cover up my belly rolls whenever I'm sitting next to a popular person at school for fear of being gossiped about. But just because I may be a little bigger doesn't mean that I'm still not beautiful. Beauty comes from all different shapes and sizes.