Have you ever read one of those “Ten things your guy wished you knew” or “Ten things your mother-in-law would never tell you but thinks you should know” (though in many cases—unfortunately for you, there’s nothing your mother in law wouldn’t tell you). Well I wanted to create a lists of things that those of us who struggle with mental illness wished the rest of the world knew—and hopefully get insight from my support team about what they wish I knew!
Number Three: I don’t expect you to understand what I’m going through, nor do I want you to. No one should have to understand the constant feelings of anxiety, depression, or mood swings. But I need to know you believe its REAL. That you don’t think I’m weak, or lazy, or unwilling to change. I need you to acknowledge that I am sick; that I have an illness; that you are here for me.
Disclaimer: Not all of these thought will reflect all people, in the same way not all “Ten things your guy wished you knew” would relate to my husband—some will not even relate to me. They are thoughts/concerns/opinions I’ve heard when talking with fellow adventurers along the journey that is mental illness.