I live with and manage Major Depressive Disorder and Anxiety Disorder. I went for years untreated, either because I didn’t have insurance/couldn’t afford treatment, or because I was too scared and ashamed to seek help. Seeking treatment for my illness has been the best decision I’ve ever made.
I have been in treatment for a couple of years now, and I work daily to maintain good health. It’s a struggle, but of course, it’s worth it. I have good days and not so good days, like everyone living with mental illness. I am an advocate for myself and others living with mental illness. I believe there should be no shame or stigma surrounding mental health conditions. We must learn to erase the stigma, and talk frankly and openly about our lives and our experiences.
I am grateful to organizations like BC2M that advocate for an end to the stigma of mental illness. I am a person, just like you, and I deserve to have the best possible life that I can achieve. Part of doing so is being open about my illness and its effects on my life.