I’m having a bad mental health day. Some days I feel more “sick” than others.
Gus asked what’s wrong and it’s so hard to say “I don’t know”. I don’t have a reason. My life is amazing. I have everything I ever wanted and MORE…
But #mentalillness doesn’t give a fuck what you have or don’t have.
Some days are grey. Nothing is bad but nothing is good.
Some days are bright, and I smile and laugh so hard it hurts. On a rare occasion, I feel joy, which feels kind of like someone is ripping my chest open and filling the cavity with marshmallows.
Some days I’m riddled with anxiety and clouded with a haze of depression.
Some days I can’t feel anything at all.
Some days the pain is so bad that I just want to stay in bed and hide.
It’s been like this for as long as I can remember. There’s never been a reason for it—it just feels like a normal function, like breathing or hunger. I can’t control it, no matter how hard I try.
It feels like I’m always carrying a demon, waiting to dig its claws into my shoulders and whisper my failures into my ear. All it wants to do is drag me under, to prove that I am a failure—and right now, it feels like it’s winning. I don’t feel like me.
I know I’m supposed to “redefine what success means”, and I’ve been doing that, but I feel far away from… myself?
No medication or therapy or supplements or anything has really ever helped my lifelong depression.
I’ve been using unhealthy coping mechanisms—working so hard I make myself physically sick, self-harm, exercise regimes, extreme diets, expensive supplements, sex, etc. I’m grateful for my willpower—I’ve been successful in not using booze or drugs.
In the last year, everything got out of balance. We got rear-ended last May and the small neck injury I sustained made my Fibromyalgia flare to its worst level in years. Then I started feeling super anxious; I didn’t want to leave my house because I was so scared I might get hit again. Then it just kept getting worse. Panic attacks. My PTSD symptoms started to flare from the trauma of the car accident.
And now, a year later, here we are.
Five minutes at a time. I can make it through the next five minutes. Yes, yes I can.