This is spot on. And yeah, a card or two or some flowers would have been nice, although I haven’t seen any that say ‘Get Well from Your Depression and Anxiety.’ Actually, healthy, complete meals would have been good. Eating well is essential during these episodes but you often don’t have the energy to make that happen consistently.
The most unhelpful things I had people say to me were ‘Don’t worry,’ ‘Relax,’ ‘You should be getting more sleep,’ ‘Just think positive,’ and ‘Maybe you should stop thinking and talking about it so much.’ Like Ruby says: Gee, I never thought of that. And because people tend not to understand unless they’ve been there, sometimes you feel like you’re supporting them more than they’re supporting you because you’re try to help them understand.
I’m glad more people are talking about their experiences. We need to do all we can to reduce the stigma and shame of mental illness.
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