Letting Our Shadows Out of the Closet


Mental Health.

Well I want to yell from the roof tops that just like a person with poor eyesight needs glasses and a diabetic needs insulin, some very ordinary people have a chemical imbalance and need prescription drugs.

How IS Your Mental Health? Eh?

Reading this some people might laugh off the implication that there is anything wrong with them, others might nervously skim the rest of this post. This question is far from ridiculous,though. Have you taken a good look around lately? What do you see and hear?

The whole atmosphere of modern society is stressful because people are anxious about the economy and their job security. They have problems sleeping or self medicate with alcohol, drugs and cigarettes to help ‘take the edge off’. More and more sick days are the result of depression and other mental health issues. However it never enters most people’s minds to seek professional help until they are in a crisis or even must be committed. There still is s stigma attached to mental illness.

Most of us who do seek help, gloss over our issues saying we go for counselling because the labels are so damning.”Post traumatic stress disorder, restless leg syndrome, depression, anxiety, sleep disorder, paranoia, panic attacks…. the labels are a terrible stigma. Often people become ashamed and it is no wonder that they do.

People usually cannot understand these unseen illnesses. So they simply fall back on age-old admonishments,

“Pull your self up by the boot straps.

Just push yourself.

Don’t be lazy. What’s wrong with you, anyway?

You seem fine to me!”

Well I want to yell from the roof tops that just like a person with poor eyesight needs glasses and a diabetic needs insulin, some very ordinary people have a chemical imbalance and need prescription drugs.

It is that simple.

No shame.

No guilt.

A simple matter of serotonin levels. Anxiety and/or depression is merely a wake-up call for us to seek counselling and open our mental closets, setting  shadows free.

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31 thoughts on “Letting Our Shadows Out of the Closet

  1. py first as a result of training to become one…opened up a fabulous door into another part of my self…wonderful journey to take.

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  2. Great post and great images. I agree. I think everyone has mental health issues at some point and to varying degrees. Just as we all have some type of physical health issues at various times and to varying degrees in our lives.

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  3. After losing a brother to depression and struggling daily with my child’s anxiety no body should look down on someone who needs help. If not prescription drugs many turn to alcohol or worse I wish more people had a chance to learn what it feels like to be depressed or anxious maybe they would be more understanding of the silent battles many face, thank you for this post I needed to read this today Melanie it is a blessing for me, I have had few days feeling like a less than average mamma your words resonated.

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    1. I just lost a long answer
      I am in the very same sort of situation and I would go through it all again because it drove us to seek help and kick started a wonderful journey within- messy, painful with bouts of joy but it is REAL and DEEP

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  4. My daughter has been on meds for depression and anxiety since 8th grade. She’s a month away from graduating high school and never would have made it without them. She’s wanted to go “med free” a couple of times so we’d respect her wishes and wean her off but it wouldn’t take long for her to see her body chemistry is just off and she needs meds. I explained just how you said…some people need insulin to live, you need these meds.

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  5. Thanks for doing this post. I am sure it helped “many” as we have already seen. I am also sure, it made them realise they are truly “okay” people, and it is okay to be “sick” and there is help out there. Great job and God Bless, SR

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