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ME, MYSELF & I

Hey there! Let’s begin with the basics of me. My name is Caitlin Jones, and I have been growing up in a country town in Victoria, Australia for the past 20 years of my life. At the moment I am studying a Bachelor of Media and Communication majoring in Social Media; ironic, I know. And when I finish with that accomplishment, I am wanting to complete a PhD in the same field, as I am in love with learning in the media and communication area; again, ironic, I know. Oh and if you haven’t noticed already, I suffer from mental illnesses, in particular, anxiety and depression. You can read my blog posts to get the update on that!

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Mental Illness is …​

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Mental illness isn’t just feeling depressed or anxious, any and every type of mental illness discretely changes the way one goes by their day to day life. It’s only just now that I have the ability to reflect back on the past few years and realise that my anxiety and depressed made myself do and not do certain things. Many of those suffering mental issues get associated with being lazy, antisocial and much more, but we aren’t, it’s the illness that is making us behave in ways that could be seen as sluggish and withdrawn.

So here is a small list of what mental illness is on an individual.

 

Mental illness is not brushing your hair

Mental illness is worrying if your friends care and like you

Mental illness is not getting outside of the house

Mental illness is not brushing your teeth

Mental illness is waiting for someone to get up so that you can get up as well

Mental illness is getting your friend to make your order

Mental illness is not answering the phone

Mental illness is not getting dressed

Mental illness is not eating

Mental illness is not drinking

Mental illness is biting your nails

Mental illness is avoiding eye contact

Mental illness is waiting for the shop assistant to ask if you’re okay so you don’t have to ask them

Mental illness is fidgeting with anything and everything

Mental illness is repeating something in your head hundreds of times before speaking out loud

Mental illness is getting no sleep

Mental illness is getting too much sleep

Mental illness is asking the same questions repeatedly

Mental illness is avoiding social interaction

Mental illness is not checking the road is clear before walking

Mental illness is going to sleep and hoping that you don’t exist when you wake up

Mental illness is not a sign of weakness

Mental illness is not a way of gaining attention

Mental illness is not going to control my life  

 

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