As someone who has struggled with anxiety, since I was 7, I know what it’s like to battle with mental health. I’ve felt “different from the rest”, or like the odd one out, since as long as I can remember. As outgoing and funny as I can be, is as shy and self conscious as I can be.
I’ve always felt ashamed of my struggles. And I sure as shit, never in a million years would think I’d have the courage to write about them, so publicly. And yet, here we are…
I’m uncomfortable acknowledging that I am a mom who relies on therapy and medication to survive. At the same time… why?! I am the one who is taking care of my health, in all its entirety. Whereas, my anxiety is the product of people who didn’t have that privilege or courage, to take care of their own, in that same way.
I see the struggles that run through my family. Generations deep. And, I see the need for change. I am making it my mission to share my truth, my journey, my struggles, with you, with the hope that it will give you the courage to do the same. My goal, is that our kids don’t need to deal with the trauma we were handed. That we can learn to love and accept one another, in our entirety. Everyone has struggles. Everyone is different, in their own way. Everyone has (many) things that makes them imperfect. So, I’ve created this place, where we can help change the stigmas around such important (and “normal”) issues.
People (a lot) are suffering in silence, holding onto immense shame and guilt, rather than simply, getting help. We need to be able to talk about our mental health in the same way we talk about having an upset stomach, a broken bone, heart issues, or a headache. You’re not weak for needing medication for asthma, so why are you weak for needing medication for depression?
We should be able to go into the Mommy Facebook Groups and be able to ask for a good therapist or psychiatrist, the same way we can ask for a good dentist.
The reason it’s so important to normalize these conversations is, people are suffering. Needlessly. A lot of people. But, due to ridiculous stigmas, they’re suffering in silence, holding immense shame and guilt, rather than simply, getting help. There is an immense burden and stigma around mental health, and I am here to squash that!