“Cheer up or you’ll ruin it for everyone else” is something I tend to hear on days that are supposed to be happy. Holidays are a time when everyone is meant to be so happy, but having a mental health problem doesn’t get a day off, even on birthdays, days out or celebrations.
Recovery is a big word. It’s personal for everyone and everyone has a different idea of what it means. For me recovery means not letting my illness hold me back from my potential, being happy without needing medication to do it for me, accepting myself for who I am and helping others do the same.
The last time I saw my diagnosis a couple of years ago at the age of 14; I had emerging borderline personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, recurring depressive disorder and high levels of anxiety. But the hardest thing for people to understand is the fact that I hear voices.