Mental Disorder Awareness is a subject very near and dear to my heart. I grew up in a home where Depression was a part of my sweet Dad's daily life, still is. It is hard for him to motivate himself, it is hard to do anything, really! I remember hearing someone say that Depression wasn't a real problem, and was completely appalled, as it has always affected my Dad and made life hard for him.
Then, fast forward a few years, and I ended up working in the mental health field. I hear stories daily about people that have lives that are completely ruined due to mental illness. I hear about abuse to children and adults daily. I hear about people who have PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) from various events, especially a lot of people from the Middle East where there is a lot of war, who see horrible, horrible things and it affects everything they do in their lives. I hear about people who have taken drugs and it completely changes them, ruins their entire lives, their brain function, everything! Something else I never realized is that there are people that are terrified to leave their house. They KNOW it is not rational, but still cannot train their brain that it is okay! I hear about people who were born with these serious illnesses, and honestly, I struggle daily with trying to keep myself positive and separate myself from my work. It is hard to not feel down, and take on some of their problems. I think it is hardest for me to hear how people struggle in public. They know that people look at them differently, they know that they are different. They cannot help it. Their brains don't work the same way. I think we need to be more tolerant and show more love to those who suffer with mental illnesses. I bet if we were to get to know some of them more, that we would just love them so much! It is my hope that we become more tolerant, more loving, more kind to those we meet. It is my hope that we realize that mental illness is a horrible way to live life, and that it is more widespread than we even realize. I have been there. I have been in that depression that feels dark, that I wasn't able to feel any emotion. It was dark, and the only thing that kept me going is the love of a good husband and wonderful friends. Reach out to those around you. Love them. Support them. Tell them that you are there for them and just be there to bless their lives.
I wanted to show that there are times of sunshine in the midst of the storms of mental illness. There are moments of clarity, there are moments of joy, there are moments of celebration and victory. But there are also storms. I hope you like my kit!
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