A lot of people think that taking about mental health and mental health problems is a taboo thing, some people judge other people that have or have had mental health problems in the past.
Why is this?
I think if more people talked about it and opened up to friends and family about it then they might not suffer by themselves.
Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of!
As someone that has suffered from depressive periods in my life, I know that the black dog is just sleeping and I’m aware that it could wake up and sit with me and consume me again.
During my school years I was subject to the most terrible bullying for years, it affected me and although it was 13 years since I left school, I know that the fallout of being bullied never really leaves you mentally.
There was a low point during my time at school when I attempted suicide, I was unsuccessful (thankfully) but at the time I was furious that I was still here, I couldn’t cope – I didn’t talk to anyone about how I was feeling, I thought that I would be judged and thought of as a mad person.
About 3 years ago I felt myself slip into another depressive episode, the dark thoughts returned but this time I sought out the advice of my doctor, he suggested that I might benefit from medication but I really didn’t want to have to rely on medication, I wanted to beat it but I didn’t want to take pills, I rarely take headache tablets unless I REALLY have to.
My doctor suggested C.B.T (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) and a selection of books that he thought I might benefit from reading, although he did suggest medication would be helpful but I chose not to.
I managed to pull myself out of the darkness eventually and looking back I find it weird that I felt so low back then because I don’t feel that way any more, life is still a struggle and some seriously sad things have happened in the last few years that I thought may have triggered another bout of depression but C.B.T has really helped me deal with these things.
I also have A.D.H.D (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) which although I’m kind of in control of nowadays.
So don’t be afraid to talk about mental health, it’s not taboo, it can happen to anyone!