REBLOG: What’s Inside, by Author Jacqueline E Smith: “Living with mental illness, be it anxiety, depression, OCD, what have you, is difficult. I don’t think anyone who’s been there will tell you otherwise. It’s draining to constantly be in battle with your own mind. But you can overcome it. It’s possible. Believe me, it’s possible. And it’s worth it. Life is good. Life is so good that sometimes, it makes me want to laugh and cry at the same time. That sounds hokey, I know. But it’s the truth. Promise me you’ll never forget it.”
Today, it has been exactly one year since beloved actor, comedian, and Genie Robin Williams took his own life. I’m still not entirely over it. I realized that I haven’t watched one of my favorite Disney movies, Aladdin, in over a year because I’ve been afraid it would make me sad.
In the past year, my friends and I have opened up a lot to each other about our struggles with anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, etc… Our discussions have lead me to look back on the lowest point in my battle with mental illness and to realize and be thankful for how far I’ve come. But the thing is even though I’m being treated and doing 100% better than I was back in the darker days, it still hasn’t entirely gone away. Most days I’m fine. But I definitely still have moments of anxiety, of doubt, of fear.
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