Mental Illness?

Something that is very common in this fast paced life of ours- Depression and Anxiety.  A lot of people today are silent sufferers of depression and anxiety. They either don’t recognize they are suffering from it or they don’t want to do something about it. We live in a society where issues like depression and anxiety aren’t taken seriously. If someone realizes that they’re suffering from depression or have anxiety issues they don’t want the world or even their near and dear ones to know about it- fearing the world as such issues are a taboo. Accepting the truth that you’re suffering from a mental illness is hard for humans. In fact accepting the truth generally, is hard for humans because they tend to believe in accepting things that they feel is right for them!

“She was struggling to keep up with her life. She was shattered mentally and emotionally. She needed an escape, but she was afraid. She was walking bare feet in a dark and endless tunnel all alone, trying to look for the sunshine. She didn’t want to turn back, she wanted to go ahead. She wanted happiness and the satisfaction with life that she once had. She hadn’t laughed in months, let alone smiling. Her world was crashing in front of her eyes and she didn’t know what to do. She was having sleepless nights because of her nightmares.  She was battling depression along with anxiety, but these terms were seen as a stigma and often a taboo in society and the world. She feared that if she spoke about it, she’ll be called “weak” or “lazy”Some might even think she was trying to gain attention or sympathy, but all she needed was love. She contemplated suicide but she knew, it won’t end her pain and misery but rather extend it over to her loved ones. She wasn’t a coward. She knew whoever she might have confided in would have asked her to be happy or just to smile. But it wasn’t that easy. Her life had become visionless and passionless. She was living in an intensely competitive culture that rewarded only achievement and success. Her identity and esteem became reflections of these external markers of achievement. Her pursuit of happiness and well-being became terribly misdirected. The demands of the intensely and neurotically driven culture strained her emotional and psychological balance well beyond its comfortable balance. The cultural paradigm in which she lived left her disconnected, disenchanted and isolated...Sometimes some things drain her energy, hope, and drive, making it difficult to do what she needs to feel better. Sometimes when she is silent, she is still strong. Even when she feels like a cup not even half-empty, but tipped over, spilled across the floor, kicked, stepped on, cracked and forever broken, she is still strong. She had a track record of making it through every single day up today with a huge smile on her face. No matter what choices she made, what mistakes happened, what shit was thrown her way, she’s still here. That counts in a way that nothing else compares to. If she feels spilled and broken and so mixed up that she can’t even talk about what she’s going through, it doesn’t mean she’s not strong. It means it is taking all her strength just to hold on, and holding on is the most important job she has. No matter what, she is winning this battle even if it was with a bogus smile”

Through this post, I appeal to everyone who reads this. Please if you’re a silent sufferer, don’t be silent anymore- speak up, seek help. YOU deserve happiness and not to be a sufferer for the rest of your life. Don’t be a coward think about suicide, that’s not the right way- you’ll give pain to those you leave behind. YOU are important and special and you have this beautiful gift called life, appreciate it! And I also want to appeal to those, identify and observe the people around you, and if you feel you know someone who is suffering from depression or anxiety issues talk to them, make them feel better, bring a smile to their faces. It won’t take much time! I promise you it’s YOU and ME that are going to have to work hard to make this world a better place to live in. Let’s break these societal norms today! 

If you loved reading my blabbering, don’t forget to leave a comment and follow me. Spread positivity and happiness around yourself. Be a part of the Elysian messy journey! 

“Don’t forget to remember, if you’re not smiling you’re doing it wrong”- Alex Wassabi 


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