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The Negative Stigma Of Mental Health

OzziOzzi Centurion
There's a lot of stigma behind mental health. Lots of negativity behind it, and one of the best ways to fight it is to talk about it.

You can choose to continue to read this little tibit, but i'll occasionally post little articles, or pictures about it to raise awareness in a way.

Feel free to post about anything you want. All I ask is that we respect each other's opinions and feelings and talk without negativity or sarcasm.

I've battled with Anxiety, and Depression my entire life, always assuming it would "clear up" as I aged.
The inverse is true, but I've learned a lot from it. For anyone else who gets hit with unexplainable, chronic blues, here are a couple bits that help me out.

1 - it will pass. It may seem like it won't, but it will. The next morning is a reset button on your life.

2 - even if your struggle is internal, it will affect those around you. How you perceive their reactions can feed your cycle. Explain what you're going through kindly and honestly, and also explain point one: "this is not who you are, and it will pass."

3 - people around you need to know that the days that they see that you are down are the days that you lost a battle you fight daily.

4 - it's ok to lose the battle on occasion. That will happen. It doesn't define you, it's merely a part of you that sometimes shows up when your pain surpasses your ability to cope with pain.

5 - be kind to yourself. One day, one week, one month of being in a funk is a small price to pay on occasion for the joy of experiencing life. Other people might not go through it, but life isn't fair and there's no point in fighting that fact.

6 - love and laugh as much as you can, whenever you can.



  • JuxtaposeJuxtapose Centurion
    Good points @Ozzi and all very true.
  • RajioRajio Centurion
    Ozzi said:

    All I ask is that we respect each other's opinions and feelings and talk without negativity or sarcasm.

    if that doesn't happen just let me or a mod know and it will be taken care of. :)
  • MSQGannerMSQGanner Centurion
    Just to add to @Ozzi's point

    1- We all have mental health issues in different forms. May it be depression, anxiety, phobias, etc...

    2- Acceptance is key to respect

    3- Life is perpetual war where everyday is a new struggle (or battle). We all win some and lose some

    4- We are all crazy in each our own unique way...except for that Ganner guy... He's just insanely loco, in a good bad good way...kinda

    5- scratch the second part of number 4. I just had a discussion with Ganner and he told me that i was crazy of thinking that he's insanely loco.... Damn that guy is smart, so smart, he's breaking my brain's intelligenceness

    Moral of the story, do not worry @Ozzi no one is any better meaning we can't be too judgemental since we all live in the same asylum called Earth. Keep up the good fight my friend and don't change too much, your personality is what makes you an interesting and unique being in our mad house ;)
  • Someday mental health issues will be taken more seriously. Without going into detail too much (I've never been one who posts much about real life stuff) I hit a low about 3 years ago due to stuff going on in my life and was diagnosed with depression issues. Luckily I was off the meds within 6 months. I don't talk about it publically as the stigma of mental illness is still there.
  • retired from the Military in 1999 and have suffered from PTSD and recurring depression for over 20 years. Tired of the cycle so after 20 years I am back in therapy ( actually first session was today). Therapy can be exceptionally difficult, but no more so then living with PTSD.
  • JuxtaposeJuxtapose Centurion

    retired from the Military in 1999 and have suffered from PTSD and recurring depression for over 20 years. Tired of the cycle so after 20 years I am back in therapy ( actually first session was today). Therapy can be exceptionally difficult, but no more so then living with PTSD.

    I hope the sessions go well and really help out.
  • Law212Law212 Centurion
    Do violent video games ever trigger anything in you related to your PTSD?
  • not in the slightest....I have always played and enjoyed fps and other violent games. I dont think they are realistic enough to cause issue....for me they are escape from all that.

    We have actually discussed my love of gaming and we may revisit it down the road.
  • OzziOzzi Centurion
    Here's a few things about Anxiety.

    Many people don't really understand Anxiety, It's often swept under the rug, but it is a debilitating mental illness, and many people don't know that Anxiety, and Depression go in hand to hand together.

    It makes your brain go from 0-60 in less than a second. From personal experience it makes me over analyze with "what if this happens" or just simply "what if's" Constantly distracted overthinking and over analyzing every small thing. Making you feel detached and almost not mentally in the present. It's mentally, and physically exhausting. It feels like your always at the gym i can feel my heart beat out of my chest sometimes that feeling lasts all day, some days it's just for a few moments, but the unknown is there if i'll have an attack, and that is not a experience anyone should go through. The first time i had an attack i thought i was dying.

    Tunnel Vision
    Heart rate shoots way up
    on the verge of passing out
    and not to mention my breathing gets inconsistent

    I've learnt the way to fight the 'attack' is to bunker down get as low as possible, and curl up into a ball almost until it passes.
    I still don't know what causes my attacks, but one thing about anxiety is very true

    "The Fear Of Anxiety Can Also Cause It"

    "1. They’ll talk about their anxiety when they feel ready.

    In the thick of an anxiety attack, nothing will make sense, so it’s best not to ask what’s going on or if they’re OK. No, they don’t feel OK. And yes, it feels like the world is falling apart at the seams.

    Ask if they want to go somewhere else – maybe somewhere quieter or more private. Don’t panic or do anything that might give them the idea that they need looking after. Go for a walk with them, or just be there. Soon it will pass and when it does, they’ll be able to talk to you about what has happened, but wait for that. Then just listen and be there.

    2. They’re pretty great to have around. You’ll want them as part of your tribe.

    Because of their need to stay safe and to prepare against the next time anxiety rears its head, people who struggle with anxiety will generally have a plan – and they will have worked hard to make sure it works for everyone involved, not just for themselves. They’ll make sure everything has been organized to keep everyone safe, happy, on time and out of trouble. Notice the good things they do – there are plenty. Let them know you love them because of who they are, including who they are with anxiety, not despite it.

    3. Remember: anxiety is a normal physical response to a brain being a little overprotective.

    There’s a primitive part of all of our brains that’s geared to sense threat. For some people, it fires up a lot sooner and with a lot less reason than it does in others. When it does, it surges the body with cortisol (the stress hormone) and adrenaline to get the body ready to run for its life or fight for it. This is the fight or flight response and it’s in everyone. The “go” button is a bit more sensitive for people with anxiety.

    4. There’s a lot to know, so if you try to understand everything you can … well, that makes you kind of awesome.

    It makes a difference to be able to talk about anxiety without having to explain it. On the days they don’t feel like they have it in them to talk about it, it means a lot that you just “get it.” If you’ve tried to understand everything you can about what it means to have anxiety, then that’s enough. Anxiety is hard to make sense of – people with anxiety will be the first to tell you that – but it will mean everything that you’ve tried.

    5. Make sure there’s room to say “no.” And don’t take it personally.

    People with anxiety are super aware of everything going on – smells, sounds, people, possibilities. It’s exhausting when your attention is drawn to so many things. Don’t take “no” personally. Just because they might not want to be doing what you’re doing, that doesn’t mean they don’t want to be with you. Keep offering – don’t assume everything you offer will be met with “no” – but be understanding and “no big deal” if you aren’t taken up on your offer. They are saying no to a potential anxiety attack. Not to you.

    6. Loads of lovin’ never hurt anyone, so be compassionate and there for them.

    Talk up the things you love about them. There will be times that people with anxiety will feel like they are their anxiety and that they are a source of difficulty. (Who hasn’t felt like they’re making things harder than they need to be?) Specifically, I’m talking about when plans have to be changed, when you need to book a few rows back from the front row, turn the radio down, take the long way. If this is the worst you have to deal with in a friend, sign me up.

    7. Anxiety has nothing to do with courage or character. Nothing at all.

    Courage is feeling the edge of yourself and moving beyond it. We all have our limits, but people with anxiety are just more aware of theirs. Despite this, they are constantly facing up to the things that push against their edges. That’s courage, and people with anxiety have it in truckloads. They’re strong, intelligent and sensitive – they’ll be as sensitive to you and what you need as they are to their environment. That makes them pretty awesome to be with. They can be funny, kind, brave and spirited. Really, they’re no different than anyone else. As with everyone, the thing that trips them up sometimes (their anxiety) is also the thing that lifts them above the crowd.

    8. Anxiety can change shape. It doesn’t always look the same way.

    Anxiety can be slippery. Sometimes it looks the way you’d expect anxiety to look. Other times it looks cranky, depressed or frustrated. Remember this and don’t take it personally.

    9. People with anxiety know their anxiety doesn’t always make sense. That’s what makes it so difficult.

    Explaining there’s nothing to worry about or they should “get over it” won’t mean anything – it just won’t – because they already know this. Be understanding, calm and relaxed and above all else, just be there. Anxiety feels flighty and there’s often nothing that feels better than having someone beside you who’s grounded, available and OK to go through this with you without trying to change you.

    10. Don’t try to change them.

    You’ll want to give advice. But don’t. Let them know that to you, they’re absolutely fine the way they are and that you don’t need to change them or fix them. If they ask for your advice then of course, go for it. Otherwise, let them know they are enough. More than enough, actually. Just the way they are.

    11. Don’t confuse their need to control their environment with their need to control you. Sometimes they look the same. They’re not.

    The need to control everything that might go wrong is hard work for anxious people, and it also might make you feel controlled. See it for what it is: the need to feel safe and in control of the possibility of anxiety running the show – not the need to control you. You might get frustrated, and that’s OK; all relationships go through that. Having compassion doesn’t mean you have to go along with everything put in front of you, so talk things out gently (not critically) if you need to.

    And finally …

    12. Know how important you are to them.

    Anyone who sticks around through the hard stuff is a keeper. People with anxiety know this. Nothing sparks a connection more than really getting someone, being there and bringing the fun into the relationship. Be the one who refuses to let anxiety suck the life out of everything. And know you’re a keeper. Yep. You are. Know they’re grateful – so grateful – for everything you do. And they love you back."
  • great post....thanks Ozzi
  • SmoreninjaSmoreninja Centurion
    My best friend has anxiety and is prone to panic attacks. Ozzi's post is spot on.
    I don't really pay much attention to the specifics of what I do but it generally is being supportive and not getting swept up in the panic.
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