Part of mental health awareness month is educating and creating awareness of the types of mental health issues someone may experience. There are 7 main types of mental health disorders- listed and described below.
As someone who has anxiety, there are things I want my friends and family to know about it. If you don't have anxiety, it can be hard to understand it sometimes. Here are some things you should know, coming from someone who has it:
I heard this advice a while back and thought it would be beneficial to share- especially during mental health awareness month. That advice was; if you start to feel your mental health getting bad again and if it is starting to affect your physical health too, then treat yourself as if you had the flu. Take a day to yourself...
It's okay to have days where the only thing you do is survive
Here are some things you can say to someone who is anxious that may help:
Sometimes, when someone we love has depression, we don't always know what to say. It is important to acknowledge them while being respectful of their feelings. Of course, your situation may vary depending on your relationship with them but here are some examples of things you can say to someone who is experiencing depression:
With May being mental health awareness month, it is important to not only recognize these things in others but also yourself. You may be struggling in general and not know that you are really struggling with your mental health. Here is a list of common anxiety and depression symptoms:
When someone has high functioning anxiety, it is often difficult to tell. Similar to my blog post about high functioning depression, I will explain the difference between what you may say vs. what can really be happening.
When someone has high functioning depression, it is often hard to see it. That is why they call it high functioning. Someone can have all of the things that come with depression but you might not even see it.
Let's talk about body image. Body image is your perception, thoughts, and feelings of your physical self.