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.

You can find advice about getting free therapy online here with Better Help

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