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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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I Suffer From Mental Illnesses & That’s Okay

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Mental illness is often perceived as an abnormal and fictitious state of health, one in which, due to it’s concealed symptoms, can appear beyond realism. However, it is a disabling condition worldwide, in which over 300 million people are suffering from depression and higher than 260 million are dealing with anxiety disorders; making it common and okay to experience, rather than rare and eccentric.

The stereotypes of mentally ill people are those that are manic, psychotic, lunatic, insane, hysterical, and even criminal. But, if you were to spend time with me and look at me, those words are far away from what I am. This conception of mental health conditions, effect a suffer’s own self-esteem and acceptance of having a psychological illness; which is why it is so important to get the word out that it’s okay to have a mental illness. Take a look at the video created by Cut below, and see that those enduring mental health conditions aren’t always ones in straitjackets and asylums.

I’m not going to say that it’s great having mental illnesses, but I know that there is no shame in having one. The stigma surrounding mental illness was a tremendous factor in having difficulty admitting that I needed help to just myself. The reputation upheld in the world at large of mental conditions, not only just affected the revealing the truth of my mental health to others, yet the realisation and recognition of my state of mind to myself. This lead to at least 6 years of denial and no professional assistance, in which my condition worsen as time went by. The circumstances around my past, ignite my persistence in defeating the damaging stigma of mental illnesses so that others don’t struggle like I once did.

Having a long-term mental condition isn’t normal, but that doesn’t mean it’s not okay to have. Any sign of unusual psychological or psychical indication towards the notion of our health being deficient, shouldn’t be overlooked as something regular or normal. As the objective of this concept can lead to further harmful and damaging consequences, that could have been prevented in the first place.

All material is provided for informational use and should not be used as a replacement for medical advice or instruction. If you or someone you know needs help, consult a medical professional.

If you’re concerned about your own or someone else’s safety, please call your local emergency response number and/or a mental health helpline.

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