"Just because you don't see physical symptoms doesn't mean everything is OK."
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I have officially become my moms ESA, not sure what that means but that made her very happy. She hasn’t been feeling well lately. I’ve been following her around everywhere. Laying practically on top of her every chance I get because I can tell her isn’t doing well just to let her know someone loves her more than they love themselves. I am blessed to be apart of her life. I can tell she is blessed to have me in hers. So whatever ESA means, I am proud to be it for her!!! #esa#emotionalsupportanimal#generalanxiety#ptsd#depression
"Our father was tough. He wasn’t easy on anyone. And he wasn’t easy on himself. I think the anxiety might have started there, trying to find ways to control others by trying to control myself. At the time, I never recognized that. I was just a twitchy kid.” - Ryan Reynolds
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Co-CEO Wendy Ward was featured yesterday #Repost Thank you @theinvisibleillnesses
"From a very young age, my stepson dealt with numerous behavioral and emotional issues. He had a lot of anxiety, was easily distracted, and nothing excited him. It showed up in school, in his social life, at home, and in sports. He was behind scholastically, he had a stutter, and he couldn’t stick with activities- a combination of warning signs, I know now, of a mental health condition... Enormous amounts of time and energy got us nowhere. We were like hamsters on a wheel – exhausted, but no better off. We just couldn’t fix the issues. Sometime during this cycle of ineffective behavior management, incomplete diagnosis, and nonexistent treatment, my 11-year-old stepson acted out in a previously unimaginable way, that permanently affected our entire family. As a result of being mentally ill, he made a series of extremely poor decisions that could never be undone, entangling us in the juvenile justice system... We now know that my stepson became severely disassociated due to anxiety, depression, and dysthymia. When your son has a fever or a rash, you intuitively know the difference between 'normal' and 'abnormal,' and even if you don’t know the cause of the rash, you treat it. The consequences of untreated mental health conditions can be devastating. We, as individuals and as a society, need to decide that we will no longer live in denial and shame when we recognize that the children we love are exhibiting the warning signs of mental health conditions. Stories like mine don’t have to end sadly. We all have physical health, yes. and, we all have mental health too."
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I skipped the gym for the 4th day in a row today. I'm not sick. I have the time. I made up excuses not to go and ended up at home, clothes to put away, a room to clean and lots to be done. But I sit there. Blankly and I just think about things that I have worked my whole life not to think about. Things that make me mad at myself, ashamed of who I am, guilty about what I have experienced and more importantly I feel lost. I could be anywhere in the world with anyone on days like these and feel so disconnected and confused. I haven't felt normal since landing back home and I haven't had any motivation. I realized all this today because I had to think about when I last had a shower or changed my clothes. I hope that someone reads this and understands sometimes your brain and your body don't communicate. Sometimes your brain isn't even with your body. You have to leave reminders for yourself and you have to try and remember when your routine is unhealthy. I've decided alot needs to change this month and I can't wait to share it with you all 💕
today has not been a good day. I feel all kinds of tired, worn out, stressed...
So to counter that, I'm trying to be mindful and work on increasing my vibrations in the world. It's a nice day, so I'm taking big, deep breaths when I go outside - just letting the fresh air fill my body, and focusing on how that feels rather than on all the work I have to do for school. ☁️
This helps me feel cleansed, and it's also a good step toward strengthening psychic/empath/magickal abilities. It's good to be aware, and send your vibes out into the world. Experience it. That's something I'm trying to work on, both to strengthen myself as an empath and to start loving where I am in life a little bit more. 💙🔮
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I've had this picture (taken by the beautiful @jennyxstein) sitting in my camera roll for a while, and I never planned on posting it for a bunch of reasons. but since I've decided I want to start using this account as a visual blog of my mental health journey, I may as well put it out there. ☀️💛
I don't like how big my nose looks, I don't like the way my hair is falling, I don't like the vacant expression on my face.
After some thought, I realized there's a lot that I do like, and it's all more important than the angle my head was at. I like that it was taken by one of my best friends during a fun excursion to the mall. I like how confident I felt while it was being taken. I like the cute winter decor in the shop. And that's the kind of thing I want to see when I look at a photo like this.
I kind of love this picture now.
I've never understood how you can feel so in sync with someone and all of a sudden, they stop speaking to you.
They just vanish, and you end up questioning what you've done, how you're so disposable and why it's happened. You don't want to pop up in case you annoy them more, or to begin with, so you just wonder.
Then they pop up acting completely normal, and it throws you. Sometimes they even say they miss you - which is weird as they had no issue entirely forgetting about you and the friendship when it suited them.
I dunno, all you can really do is just observe and learn. It always makes me hesitant (given my trust issues) to be as close or as open with them again, as if they can forget me so quickly and suddenly, the investment stands to ultimately be a loss for me. And as it's an investment of love and care, and thought; you deserve to have these things returned or you end up empty.
Clarity and Honesty are so important, but unfortunately like rare gems 💎 😔 -
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You do not have to have a child with mental health concerns to be an agent of change. Chances are there are people in your life already suffering. In a first-ever study conducted by the CDC and Prevention researchers found in children aged 3 to 17 with mental health concerns, the cost was $247 billion per year in medical bills, special education, and juvenile justice. Struggling families need our help, together with the Youth Mental Health Project we can begin the movement toward change.