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Let's be honest about mental illness

JESSICA GLOVER
Last updated 09:05 29/03/2016
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Too many people suffer anxiety and depression in silence, and it shouldn't be that way.

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I am a 25-year-old female who has lived and dealt with the effects of anxiety and depression.

I have been telling my story in the hope that it will inspire others to speak out, or even just feel like they are not alone.

Too many people suffer in silence and it shouldn't have to be that way.

There is nothing wrong with mental illness, so many of us suffer, and there should be a place for everyone to come to and feel like they can relate to someone else.

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It doesn't matter how old or what gender or race you are, everyone is equal, and we are not alone in this.

Since launching my own blog and Facebook page, I have had an overwhelming response. My page is an open book and I'm happy to offer support or advice to anyone in hopes it makes someone's day.

I'm a firm believer in being open, honest and proud of the journey life has taken me on so far with mental illness.

Anxiety is something I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. It's changed my life in so many ways, some for the better, some for the worse.

I suffer from it every day in small doses, not to massive extents, but I've had my fair share of major bouts of it, not knowing if I would ever feel normal or better again.

It can happen at any time and often we are totally unaware why.

It's so scary when you have no idea why it's happening, and it will make it so much worse you will spend hours analysing everything in your life and slowly start shutting out the world.

Hiding away in your room feeling bouts of depression, and the more you worry about getting anxiety, the more anxious you get.

I became afraid of everything, going out to parties or hanging with friends in case I had an attack in front of people. I would much rather hide away in my room or my safe place, where I felt comfortable.

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It's tough on relationships and friendships, but the ones that are worth keeping are supportive, even if they don't fully understand.

I love the quote 'Start Somewhere'.

It's so true you can literally at any moment in your life start somewhere.

Whenever you feel or notice a change in yourself and your anxiety increases, remember you are OK, your success rate of getting through every other bad day is 100 per cent and that's as good as it gets.

“Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.” ~Deepak Chopra


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