It’s always been important to my dear friend Sarah to try and break the stigma around mental illness. Hell, it’s important to a lot of us, to those of us who have mental illnesses and to those of us who love someone who has a mental illness. I would also like to see the stigma erased.
When Sarah came up with the idea of Stigma Fighters, I just had to participate. As I’ve blogged about before on this blog, I have a chronic pain bone disorder called Multiple Hereditary Exostoses. I also have depression and anxiety. Unfortunately, people who have chronic pain disorders can often develop depression and anxiety. I guess I’m one of the lucky ones. Having a chronic pain disorder is a lot to deal with, so it’s no wonder that the affects would also appear in ones’ mind and way of thinking.
I’ve been dealing with MHE since I was born, but the depression and anxiety greeted me when I was a teenager and has just gotten larger and more demanding as I age. My post about having and dealing with chronic pain and depression is live on Sarah’s blog right now, so please…go have a read.
Also, if you or someone you know suffers from mental illness, please consider writing a guest post for Sarah’s Stigma Fighters series. You can talk about yourself, what you face on a day to day basis, how you deal (or don’t deal) with it, or you could talk about a beloved parent, sibling, or friend that has it. Let’s just talk about mental illness and break the stigma. People with mental illnesses are not weak, we are strong.