⛅️. My face... I feel the need to stand up and say "Hey! Mental illness is not picky over who it chooses to latch onto". 🙋A&E doctor: "you don't look like someone who would have mental health issues" ... 🤦♀️
After having many friends, family members, doctors and nurses telling me that I'm
"young and pretty"
and so shouldn't be 'caught up with mental illness',
that they're surprised I have issues because I "don't look like the kinda of person who would"
I ask you... what does mental illness look like!?!?! 🤷♀️ It got me thinking about why I don't show my face on this account.
I've always thought that I couldn't because of such strong self loathing, because I'm chubby, my teeth are wonky, my hair isn't long enough...
But really all this just holds me back from using this account for the reasons I started it - to document my life with mental illness, to raise awareness, to help me offload and to help me feel less alone.
👩So here it is. This is me. My face in all it's filtered and edited glory because we all know in reality skin isn't perfect, faces come in all shapes and designs but this face is mine. You can't tell from just looking at someone's face whether they have a mental illness or not ... so let's not judge, or assume because that would be a backward step in ending the stigma. (I understand I'm preaching to the wrong people, but I'm hoping I'm not the only person experiencing this)
Embrace your face and don't hide away behind your illness. Just peak out from around the curtain first if you need to but remember "you are you...that is truer than true....' x
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