So if you didn’t know, I’m hugely interested in mental health, preaching about it, making people’s stories heard, writing about it, reading about it, researching about it, in order to raise awareness and fight off the stigma around it and whatnot. It’s a topic I’ve grown up surrounded by, so naturally, I’ve tried to understand it throughout my life. So on behalf of someone close to me who wishes to remain anonymous, I submitted a piece to a blog that aims to provide a platform for people dealing with mental health. The piece is mostly this person’s own story and words that was told to me. I just made a lot of tweaks to it, being the grammar/English nerd that I am. I’m not sharing this in order to take any credit or sit on a high pedestal, but the person simply requested that they be told about the views and responses people had to this and I guess I’m trying to use social media platforms to do that, because people’s stories are important. It is nice to know you don’t suffer alone and that you don’t have to exclude yourself from society incase people don’t understand.
Last year, when I was writing my MA dissertation (which dealt with the theme of mental health) I briefly wrote blog posts about the therapeutic effects of writing and reading on the mind. The term ‘bibliotherapy’ and how it has actually been practised in different ways and forms through centuries. Books and writing help us understand ourselves and the world more, and I would encourage everyone to keep a personal diary. Self reflection is pretty crucial, in my opinion.
So to get back to the main point.. I would appreciate it if you could take 2 minutes and read this below and share or leave a comment below if you wish. I would also hugely encourage people to submit to Mind Tank, or read it if you want to get a better understanding through people’s first hand experiences about mental health.
I am an OCD sufferer. I was diagnosed many years ago when I was 17 and since then, I’ve been on and off medication. The OCD itself is a living, walking nightmare. It is less of a ‘condition’ and more of an invisible yet loud set of voices dictating my every action everyday. Even when I sleep, I’m shouting and fighting off people in my dreams.
One of the worst things that comes with the OCD is the obsessive hair pulling. The correct word for it is Trichotillomania. A technical, scientific word that sounds nothing like the condition itself. But it happens like this. Everyday, you pick at the same area almost every minute. It’s like picking your nails, only worse. You can’t stop your hand from reaching up and just tugging at the hair, even though you can feel it rooted in your scalp, and as it tries to…
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