This question, and many others, have plagued me for quite some time. Yet, I cant help but think to myself maybe (just maybe) I'm not the only one?
While most of this happens in my own life. I can't even begin to put into words how terribly lonely it all can be. As I have spent an obscene amount of time isolated and alone.
I generally hate cliches; they're usually not deep enough, but today I'm going to use one. In fact, I think we all grew up with it:
"If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it all."
I think we all wish that everyone would follow that. Unfortunately, they don't. We've probably all run across hurtful things on the Internet, about depression, anxiety, or maybe even insults directed towards us. People make alot of assumptions and stereotypes, as well as "jokes."
I'm not one to believe that words don't hurt; they do! If you're like me, you may think about what someone said or wrote, for hours or days afterwards. But these are a couple of things that help me:
1. The person doesn't know me, or my situation.
2. The person has probably never been in my shoes; if they had been, chances are, they would be treating me with more respect. I've found that the people who've been in your shoes before are generally more understanding and reassuring.
Really, anxiety can happen to anyone. Around 40 million adults in the United States struggle with anxiety. We're not inferior. As the saying goes, "When people look down on you, it usually means that you are above them."
Hi! My name is Michelle Hughes, otherwise known as "Bipolar Bandit". I run a Facebook page, a Pinterest board that is a great resource for most mental illnesses, a Twitter page, and I blog. I have been advocating for people with mental illnesses for about 20 years. I recently started an Advocacy Group on Facebook.
I am looking forward to sharing my diary here on Anxiety Social Net. Since I already have been blogging, I suggest that you check my blog to find out more about what I stand for and how I have been advocating, and more about who I am.
My newest project is to spread the news about a petition that I think makes a lot of sense. We, as advocates, have so many ideas of what needs to change and even have solutions of how they can change. The first obstacle is to get people with influence (media, politicians, actors, musicians, athletes, etc) to hear us. I think this petition will get that started.
I am asking that each state come up with a plan for Mental Illness Awareness Week(MIAW). This will not cost too much money, if any and I believe it is something that both Democrats and Republicans can agree on. I hope you take a few moments to read the petition, sign it, and share it with others. We need to get our voice heard! If the NFL can dedicate a whole month to Breast Cancer Awareness, then I think that an organization like that and others can use one week to raise awareness, educate, and help to erase the stigma of mental illness. The petition is called Mental Illness Awareness Week Being Observed in 2013 and everything is explained in the petition. Although, this is just for Americans, I am also currently planning a petition for other countries including the US to acknowledge World Mental Health Day too.
I hope to be using this diary on a regular basis. If you want to know more about me, please read my story.
Thanks Anxiety Social Net for allowing me to share this information!