After Jordan's traumatic experience, she felt embarrassed and wondered why she couldn't do things on her own. My answer? Anxiety. That's it.
I told her feeling that way only belittles everyone else who suffers. Mental illnesses may be harder to see and more difficult to understand, but they should never be minimized.
She told me that she was medicated, and wondered if she even has anxiety anymore. She worried that she was an incompetent person.
Oh hell no! You are a person who suffers with anxiety.
This is why I am so passionate about sharing and trying to spread information about mental illnesses. Those who are suffering have so many of their own internal doubts. Imagine if society embraced what they were going through instead of sometimes labeling, fearing, and judging. In a previous post, I myself even described her behavior as "wallowing in self pity", before I changed it to "being depressed". The language used, and attitude towards, does matter.
Jordan recently described one of my best friends who struggles as "An Amazing Woman", which she totally is. And she considers Jordan to be her "Soul Sister". Thankfully, there is a bunch of support and validation out there. But the world can always use more. More advocates, more acceptance, and more understanding.
How can you help contribute to this? Simply by sharing, and by listening with an open mind and an open heart.
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