I have Anxiety. I have lost count of the amount of times people used to tell me I was saying I had Anxiety for attention. Any condition relating to mental health is not attention seeking, talking about having a mental health issue is not trying to get attention it’s showing that you care and are willing to discuss the subject.
I have encountered people who have used Anxiety and depression as an excuse and have not actually been suffering from it. This to me is a huge insult to people who have been suffering and makes a mockery of what people have had to go through.
I hate it when you mention the word “depression” or “anxiety” you sometimes immediately get tarnished with the same brush of “oh you’re just saying that for attention” or “nerves aren’t that bad, get over it”. My inner sarcastic diva wants to say “Well thank you very much! Now you’ve said get over it I don’t feel like this anymore”.
When people used to say to me that I was saying I had Anxiety for attention I wanted to say that they didn’t see me when I couldn’t leave my bedroom, they didn’t see me when I could barely bring myself to eat, they didn’t see me when I has PTSD that led to Anxiety, they didn’t see me when I had a panic attack when attempting to leave the house.
Mental Health is becoming a massive subject that some people just can’t understand. When I encounter people who don’t understand how bad Anxiety and Depression can be I want to tell them how lucky they are that they have never had to suffer from it, as I’d never wish it on anyone. However getting through it I believe, can make you a stronger person. The strongest of people can get through the other side of their dark times and live in lighter and happier times.
If you’re suffering from any sort of mental health issue, you will get through this. There will be a time when you don’t feel like this.