Friendly Mental Health Reminders

October 10, 2018



  • Feeling depressed ≠ Depression. Feeling anxious ≠ Anxiety. Liking things a certain way ≠ OCD. Using these seemingly innocent phrase trivializes these mental illnesses that already aren't taken seriously. I myself can be guilty of this, and I know that we can all do better.
  • You can't diagnose yourself. Go see a doctor. Get diagnosed. There are a lot of things similar to depression that are NOT depression. If you are worried about cost, please please please message me. I know a lot of resources, especially in Utah.
  • Practice self care. I don't mean taking a spa-like bath and eating expensive cheesecake. I don't mean sitting on the couch and binge-watching Netflix or online shopping. Self care is setting boundaries. Self care is accepting help when you need it. And it is never selfish.
  • If you think you have a legitimate mental illness, please seek help. When I finally started therapy and began taking medication, I was so mad at myself for not doing so earlier. My mental health isn't perfect, and never will be, but I am able to function so much better since I started treating it.
  • LDS folks: "If things continue to be debilitating, seek the advice of reputable people with certified training, professional skills, and good values. Be honest with them about your history and your struggles. Prayerfully and responsibly consider the counsel they give and the solutions they prescribe. If you had appendicitis, God would expect you to seek a priesthood blessing and get the best medical care available. So too with emotional disorders. Our Father in Heaven expects us to use all of the marvelous gifts He has provided in this glorious dispensation...Broken minds can be healed just the way broken bones and broken hearts are healed...the rest of us can help by being merciful, nonjudgmental, and kind."
  • Remember: you are not alone. And you are oh so loved, even when it doesn't feel like it.
  • "There is no health without mental health.".

Yours truly,
McKay

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