February 5, 2015

My name is Bekah and I have experienced social anxiety, OCD and SAD.

My mental illness affects my entire life: I find it difficult to concentrate on a task, I can’t make and keep friends very well, I have a serious obsession with the safety of myself and the people I love which causes massive amounts of worry and a need to control things that I know are uncontrollable - I am fabulous actress and most people would simply call me shy/introverted or a bit of a worrier yet the hopelessness and anxiety I feel every day is very real and painful. 

My greatest source of support has been my parents, they never judge nor do they turn me away and always offer copious amounts of hugs and support, and also my boyfriend, who loves me despite my mental health problems and offers support even when I’m irrational and irritable.

My hope for the future is that people won’t be judged and ostracised for having a mental illness and that it stops being viewed as ‘mentally weak’ - it is the opposite of weak and takes enormous strength to live life with a mental illness and even more strength to be willing to talk about it.

I’m taking 5 on Time to Talk Day because it’s about time that the stigma around mental illness was challenged, we’re just normal people and should not be feared or rejected.

This blog is part of the Time to Talk Day 2015 #Take5ToBlog initiative. 

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