Photo Post // 3rd December 2013 // 112,660 notes
Mental health problems are, y’know, health problems. Treat them the same way, or shut up.
YES I NEED FOR EVERYONE TO SEE THIS
I was diagnosed with ADD and Bi-Polar Disorder as an early teen. When I first was diagnosed, I used my condition as a crutch. All of my shortcomings and mistakes, I would blame on my illness, and get angry at those whom ‘didn’t recognize’ that it wasn’t my fault.
It’s taken me quite a few years to realize that these illnesses aren’t the boogeymen in my closet as I had been led to believe. They aren’t tormenting me in my daily tasks, making me fail and make mistakes and screw up. My illnesses are a part of me. It’s who I am. When I realized this, I was faced with a decision. Blame all of my issues on my illnesses, as if they were plotting against me in the shadows, or accept that it was me all along.
These conditions are as much a part of me as my asthma, and I can either do something about it, or let it control me. When you are dealing with mental illness, don’t treat it like some non-existent thing that can be dispelled of with encouragement or pretending it isn’t real, because it is very much a part of them.