I was recently diagnosed with Anxiety after a string of panic attacks. Now I didn’t know a lot about what it was when the doctor first told me what was wrong with me, but now that I do know, I realise that the issues were there long before that day in the doctors.
I’m the first to admit that I didn’t have a clue about Mental Health Problems before I came to university and met people who were open and honest about them. However the thing that struck me was that some of them were worried to tell people that they had them at the time or even mention them now that they were over the worst of it. This isn’t their fault and it’s not their mind’s fault. It is society’s fault. Mental Health Problems have become such a taboo topic that the majority of people don’t have a clue what having Depression or Anxiety means.
I don’t want the sympathy of anybody, that’s not what this blog is about. It’s here to raise awareness of Mental Health so that people aren’t scared to tell people about their problems. Many people that know me will have gone through the past 6 months not knowing I was ill at all and reading this would shock them. Some people would question my use of the word ill in the last sentence, so yes it is an illness. In fact it is one that 1 in 6 people will suffer from at some point in their lifetime.
I can’t change the way a nation thinks about something but if just one person has a slightly different attitude to Mental Health Problems after reading this then it was worthwhile.