Which is Worse? Mental Illness or Physical Pain?

Which is Worse? Mental Illness or Physical Pain?

Have you ever broken a leg? An arm? Two arms at the same time? Even if you haven’t, we all know that physical injuries, especially those requiring some sort of cast, crutch, wheelchair, can take a long time to heal. For example, a minor fracture takes about six to eight weeks to heal depending on the person. More than likely you’ll need some assistance while healing until you can put weight on that bone again. Now imagine someone coming up to you and saying “Why can’t you just snap out of it?” Or “Maybe you should just try harder?” Can you seriously imagine that? Someone asking you “why aren’t you better yet?” I think we can all agree that would seem ridiculous. But yet, we do it every day with people who are struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, bipolar disorder and anything regarding mental health.

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Is It Ok To Not Be Ok?

Is It Ok To Not Be Ok?

“How are you?”

What I’m thinking: I’m having such a hard time. I didn’t want to get out of bed this morning. I’ve cried myself to sleep for months. I’m sad, depressed, lonely and scared. My life feels so overwhelming and I don’t know how to fix any of it. I don’t feel like myself and I have no clue how to change that.

What I say: "I’m great. How are you?"

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