Part A – I love to write
I am obsessed with writing – I still remember my first diary that I kept tucked under my pillow. I remember how it smelled, how it felt to put the tiny key into the shiny gold key hole, unlocking a space where I could write down all of the things that were swirling around in my head. I remember thinking that my brain was like an attic, and every time I wrote it felt like I was sweeping up its dusty corners. I felt like the little mermaid swimming into her secret world under water, safe from everything above the ocean’s surface.
Writing gives me something to do with all the memories that pop up unexpectedly at inappropriate times – I have learned from experience it doesn’t pay to impulsively spout off a random story about my mom’s propensity to hear voices at the dinner table, when others are sharing their stories about family mealtime. The awkward silence and puzzled looks on people’s faces quickly taught me to refrain from this type of sharing.
Writing is an acceptable way to deal with my obsessive thinking – Most days I wake up with a bunch of thoughts coming down the shoot, like chocolates on a conveyor belt. I have found that it is easier to write them down than to engage in the many other unhealthy outlets that I have experimented with over the years. There are the words I share here in my blog, and the ones I reserve for my journal. Both venues provide an outlet to release the thoughts and feelings that visit themselves upon me every day.
Part B – Mental Health is Important
Mental illness impacts all of our lives – Since I have opened up and shared with people about the mental health issues in my family, many people have begun to share their experiences with me. It turns out that at one time or another most people have experienced a mental health issue or have had a family member or close friend who has grappled with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, bipolar, alcohol or substance abuse, or any of the many other neurological imbalances that can affect the human brain.
Relief from symptoms and recovery are possible – We can’t give up on searching for the best treatment options. These things are within our reach if we support organizations, legislation, research, and individuals’ efforts to seek optimal mental health.
Blogging provides a positive outlet to cope with my own personal experiences – Although it has been many years since I had an eating disorder, the underlying issues of anxiety and depression must always be managed. I still live with the scars left from living with my mom’s mental illness (schizophrenia), and still strive to learn from my daughter’s struggles with depression, a suicide attempt, and an eating disorder. For some reason, my life has been defined in part by these experiences, and I want to maintain a positive outlook.
Blogging is a great way to connect with other people who feel passionate about mental health – I appreciate and celebrate all of the many wonderful mental health bloggers who open up their lives, hearts, and souls, giving a glimpse into the many facets of living with mental illness.
CHEERS TO ALL OF THE MENTAL HEALTH BLOGGERS
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