Mental illness is very complex. We want to assign illnesses to specific characteristics and labels. If you don’t fit into the box we invalidate the person or deny them the support they deserve. I think it is convenient to label people then expect them to act out in a certain way.
I live with bipolar disorder. It started in middle school. I was starting to sleep alot more than normal, I didn’t want to hang out with my friends, I wasn’t motivated to do my school work. It progressively got worse. It became really bad my sophmore year in high school. I was completely a slave to my bipolar disorder. I …
I live with OCD, depression and anxiety. My OCD followed me around wherever I went. I was in a constant state of fear. I realized that if I wanted to have a relationship with my family I needed to get help.
My senior year things started to change. I noticed that there was change in the way that I perceived myself. I started having panic attacks. My anxiety started to affect my relationships with other people. The way you are feeling and what you are going through is valid.
I experienced depression. I started to not be myself anymore. I went to school and didn’t talk to anyone. I realized it wasn’t going to get better for me and I tried to hurt myself but I just couldn’t do it. Because in that moment I thought of all the people that support me.
Students talk about their mental health journeys.
Carley, I live with excoriation. It’s a coping mechanism that I know is not healthy. It’s so important to talk about mental health because it’s not something I can just stop.
I’m Beth and I lost my 21 year son to suicide. I struggled with the grief and subsequently the depression. The stigma is what’s crazy. I wholeheartedly believe that mental health is not any different than physical health.
I’m Ellie a senior in high school and I live with anxiety, depression and an eating disorder. I take it day by day and it gets better. Recovery is a journey.