Why we shouldn’t be ashamed of mental illness.

I’m thankful to Per who talked to me and my husband about the investment in and science behind the medication for depression and anxiety and for Sarah who urged me to see my Doctor. If it wasn’t for their help and others, I wouldn’t have taken any tablets and who knows what could have happened.

I am not ashamed I have taken medication. In fact I’m so thankful for it. For the scientists who have used their very large brains to develop it and for the Doctors who prescribe it. I have been so fortunate to have had very wise and professional Doctors who have been careful about the medication they have given me. I have never felt judged by them or made to feel that it is my fault.

Diabetics take insulin. We take pain killers for headaches and period pain, antibiotics for bacterial infections and night nurse for colds. The tablets I have taken aren’t any different except they have helped my brain to get better.

I am not mad, mental or nuts. I am sane. I was born with a sound mind and I still have it. Yes I have been anxious and sometimes that has been crippling. My mental health has been affected by the stresses and strains of life, of loss and so many other things. Yes I’ve made mistakes and I haven’t always lived in a way that is life giving. But I’ve learnt and am learning how to protect myself from some of the louder, harsher rhythms of life.

Today if you find yourself anxious, fearful and frightened, breathe deeply. See your Doctor, get help and share with others. You are not alone.

There is hope. I am not the same person I was four years ago waiting anxiously outside of my Doctor’s surgery at 6.30am to get an appointment. I am strong, free of anxiety, full of life and thankful for all of the people who have helped me along the way. Have sat with me as I’ve sobbed and sobbed, have prayed for me and with me and listened to me. You know who you are and you are wonderful.

Where you can find help:

Don’t keep quiet and carry on: Kate, William and Harry’s mental health plea
Evening Standard

Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry today united to stop people suffering in silence and urge everyone to talk about their mental health. Read the full story

The Worry Book by Will van der Hart and Rob Waller

The Healing Mission

Mind

Sane

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