Mental Health Mermaid {Daily Mermaid}

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In my travels of catching up on emails, I saw that today was Mental Health Blog Day. I decided to combine Daily Mermaid with this issue today. You see Mental Health is very close to me, after having my daughter I was diagnosed with Postpartum Depression, now I'm just the Depression/Mania girl. Which is why I find it so weird that I've been happy lately. It's not a normal thing for me. I also have a few friends with Mental Illnesses. It's a rough road to travel.

When I finally came to terms with my depression I felt like I was falling down the rabbit hole, if you read my old blog you have probably seen the posts. It's a scary thing, but it has helped me a lot to come to terms with it. I felt like a horrible mom, a horrible person. I felt that everything, and I mean everything was somehow my fault. I blamed myself for my daughter being born early, I cried over trying to pick out an outfit. Now I feel as if a huge weight has been lifted off of me. I mean I still up upset sometimes, I still cry but it doesn't overwhelm me.

My biggest thing with how Mental Health is seen as a weakness. People view you differently, they treat you different. In some cases, I've found out through friends that they will refuse you some medical treatment when they see you have a Mental Illness. It's sickening to me to know that.

Having a Mental Illness does not mean you are weak, or defective. In fact, sometimes I think it means you are stronger than you think.

Some facts about mental health

  • One in four Americans experiences a mental health disorder every year, according to the National Institutes of Mental Health.
  • Chronic stress can affect both our physical and psychological well-being by causing a variety of problems including anxiety, insomnia, muscle pain, high blood pressure and a weakened immune system.
  • Research published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior (Vol. 41, No. 2) finds that 68 percent of Americans do not want someone with a mental illness marrying into their family and 58 percent do not want people with mental illness in their workplaces.

Some mental health resources

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