Monday, 18 August 2014

It's time to talk.

I always thought I'd written the hardest post, way back in 2012  about my skin. I was wrong. This is the hardest.



My biggest fear about mental illness was the stigma. The worst thing for me would have been people putting me in a box and labeling me. One of the hardest things in life is talking about something you have no explanation for and speaking out about something no body can physically see. I once read a quote that described Depression, to me this is the closet thing to a definition: "What's depression like? He whispered. It's like drowning. Except you can see everyone around you breathing".

 Depression and anxiety are unlike a broken leg or a collapsed lung, they can't been seen yet demand to be heard. Depression does not discriminate, just because there is a smile on the outside doesn't mean everything is okay. It's not something that can be fixed immediately but it requires a huge amount of courage to finally speak out. 

It is by no means an easy journey and I still have a long road ahead, but somehow I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

To the man that made so many of us smile,. In memory of Robin Williams, I hope you have found peace now.

"And when a shooting star streaks through the blackness, turning night into day...make a wish and think of me. Make your life spectacular. I know I did." - Robin Williams in Jack.

Katie xx

9 comments:

  1. This was such a brave post to write lovely <3

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    Coleoftheball

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  2. Thank you for sharing this post lovely, and being brave enough to speak out. I stil feel embarassed and ashamed to talk about it properly, and it sounds silly but I HAVE actually had some bad reactions or people who feel awkward around me, even my own family so it's so tricky :( xxx

    Blonde of Carbs

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  3. This was a well written post about a very difficult subject. Hidden illnesses, whether they be physical or psychological are all problems with the way the body is working &, as you put so well, not a flaw in character. I think all types of invisible illness need much more attention & acknowledgment. Something that would help both the sufferer & their families. Thank you for posting this. Xx

    www.whentaniatalks.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. A very truthful post about a horrible illness. I have suffered from depression and other mental illnesses for over 20 years so I know how hard life can be when you have this illness.
    You are so right when you say just because you can not see anything wrong doesn't mean everything is alright.
    There needs to be much more awareness of depression and the affects it can have on your life.

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  5. Thank you for writing this. So many people use the expression depression when they just mean a bit sad. The first time i plucked up the courage to see a doctor about my depression he basically told me to pull my socks up & get on with it. I wish i'd had enough courage to report him but at the time i felt like he must know best. Nowadays there is so much help out there but awareness that this is an illness not a stigma needs to be raised. Thanks again for posting this

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  6. Lovely heartfelt post. Hope the light at the end of the tunnel isn't too far away. Sad to see so many people still uneducated and confused about depression after it was raised in the media by Robin William's death, wish more people spoke about it like you do! x

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  7. Thank you so much for posting this, it's so well written. The quote is such a good description, and I think there needs to be more awareness and less of a stigma surrounding issues like depression and anxiety. Lots of love xx

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  8. What a beautifully written piece. Thank you so much for sharing. X

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