Today I am posting a couple facts about mental health and mental illness, brought to you by MentalHealth.gov
The majority of people with a mental illness are not any more likely to be violent then someone without mental illness. People with severe mental illnesses are actually 10 times more likely to be the VICTIM of a violent crime.
1 in 5 Adults experience mental health issues. 1 in 10 young people experience a time of severe depression. 1 in 25 people live with a severe mental illness like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression.
What this means:
These facts VS the stigma surrounding mental health is completely unbalanced. I mean, 1 in 25 people? Thats 4 in every 100 people that could possibly have something as severe as schizophrenia, not to mention the 1 in every 5 adults that experience some form of mental health issues.
So why is it that people imagine this:
Whenever anything Mental related is mentioned?!
Times are changing and bringing people into the circle and into the awareness will definitely change the perspectives. Staying silent doesnt help. Speak out. Speak loud.
Thanks for reading,
To help myself deal with my various day to day issues, I play video games. This is not the most active/healthy coping skill, but it is mine and it works.
I play games like Anthem, and Ark Survival. Which the last one is sometimes known as “Life” to the players who play. It gets me out of my head. It causes me to focus on certain objectives and not the one inside my brain.
Take the game Anthem for instance. It is basically a character inside a metal suit you control, flying, zooming and running around at
crazy speeds completing missions and contracts. I am not myself at that moment. At that moment, I am a Freelancer fighting bad guys or trying to locate trapped ally’s.
The other game I play is called Ark: Survival Evolved. This game I enjoy because I am with my husband and my friends, raising dino’s and fighting enemies together. Sometimes I do spend money on said game. As long as it is keeping me from diving into my brain, I am 100% okay with that.
Again, I say it may not be healthy to play all day, but it is definitely not healthy to want to hit your head on a wall for peace of mind. I mean, would you take the hitting of your head on a wall or would you rather play games? Simple choice to me. Guess….. Yep! You guessed correctly. Hitting my head on a wall is way better.
I am joking!! Well, anyway, Ark is a great coping skill for me and 90% will be always. I put 90% becasue who knows, maybe I find a better game? Joking again! Get out of here scrub.
Thanks for Reading,
Honestly this is something I have struggled with the most. I still struggle with this day to day. Do I want to accept the fact that I have a type(s) of mental illness? No. From my personal experiences, the stigma around mental illness and how it affects people has been grately over-exaggeratd to the point that it is Embarrassing to me. It is embarrassing to have to walk into a pharmacy and ask for my meds. It is embarrasing seeing someone you know on your way out of the doctor. It is emarrasing knowing that I will live with this the rest of my life. Why? There is no cure for my mental illness. There is no cure for ANY mental illness.
That is a crazy hard pill to swallow. Knowing you have this disease and not being able to cure it? It feels like a ton of bricks were put on my shoulders. About 2 weeks ago I decided to start taking my pills and attending doctors appointments. Since starting the medication and visits, I feel SO SO much better.
I think I have finally come to terms with myself. I have an Illness.
“Hello, My name is Crazy, whats yours?” – Jasmyn
Starting fresh is something I have been meaning to do for a long time.
This is my chance at that.
I have not been at work for the past week so it has given me ample amount of time to get things sorted.
In the past posts (now deleted) I ranted about how people with mental illness like me, need to be taking medications. Well, for a while I was a giant hypocrite. I was not taking any meds, I was not seeing my doctor regularly… so many things I ranted about on this blog are just false expectations I have set for myself without fully giving a shit to complete them.
Here is my chance. Will I be 100% honest? Will I correct myself if I catch myself talking out of my ass? Not all the time, but i will do my best and tell the truth for the most part.