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35 Brutally Honest Facebook Statuses

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When Facebook asks you, “What’s on your mind?” how often do you answer honestly? It’s easy to share joyous moments to maintain our oh-so-perfect social media images, but what if we were all honest for once? What if we were vulnerable online and shared in a public way what was really going on in our lives?

To get some transparency on Facebook, we asked people in our community to tell us what Facebook status they would make if they were being brutally honest. Some answers are heartbreaking, some are joyous, and together they prove what can happen when you’re honest with a community — at least with our Mighty community.

Here’s what they had to say:


I successfully made it through today without a panic attack. It's the first time in a long time that I haven't been on edge or had an attack paralyze me.


The person I hide my pain from the most is my husband, because I don't want him to have to be strong for me all the time.


Everyone looks at me as this happy go lucky person. I'm the one you come to when you need to talk, to scream, to cry, to feel all the things you want. I'm happy to do it. I just wish one of you saw I was far from OK. I struggle every single day alone because my problems make me terrified to reach out to you.


Hello world! I'm trying my best to stay afloat whilst I have a stone tied to my ankles...cut me some slack.

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Mental illness knows no face. I'm sick of seeing psychiatrists and therapists and them telling me I look sane and I look like I'm doing well. So because I look nice and have never had a bad panic attack in front of them, my problems are dismissed. I can hold a job down, I'm a hard worker, and I take care of myself but I am at constant war with the thoughts in my head.


NO ONE TALKS ABOUT, NOT EVEN GOOGLE, how hard and incredibly lonely it is to be an autistic single parent of an autistic child.


I'm really disappointed in the majority of my friends & family for perpetuating the stigma that surrounds mental health. All but a few have stopped talking to & inviting me to things. It hurts because now is when I need them the most. I feel betrayed & abandoned.


I'm sick of being "such a strong woman." I just want to be regular for a while.


No one at 5 years old said, "I can't wait to be depressed, anxious, or addicted to a substance!" Hell, I wanted to be Batman!

10.  His brothers are not "good with him." They see him as his is - one of their brothers.


I've spent years looking for a way to treat my borderline personality disorder. Now that I've found a team of people who really get me and can truly help me, I want to throw it all away because the idea of actually being better and having a life worth living is more terrifying than a life of being sick.


Sometimes, as a professional, I don't have all the answers.


Mania is a b$&%h


Why are you staring at me? Have you never seen a young person in a wheelchair?


Scared for tomorrow's doctor's appointment. I've had an eating disorder for a decade, but he sees it as vanity.


Dear friends, please stop saying you hope I get better soon and that you are sorry for my diagnosis. It's chronic. I'm not going to get "better."


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Disabilities are beautiful, I know I'm working this walker, I understand why you stare, because I'm fabulous. #sorrynotsorry #Confidence #Disabilitiesarebeautiful

19.  To be brutally honest, I'm sick and tired of being a medical mystery.


With a lot of laughter...that's how I handle it.


I'm 32. I never thought I'd have a pill organizer for morning, noon or night till I was at least 60.

22.  I decided I would not let my mental Illness make me who I am. For my husband, my children, my family, and my brother locked away in prison. I am alive...


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My son is in a residential facility, not jail! He does get to come home, I do go visit him. HE EXISTS!!! Please ask me about him, talk about him, send him your thoughts.

25.  ....tonight sucked. Tonight I was not the mom I always thought I'd be. I wasn't even close. Tonight I was a cranky tightly wound monster who exploded at her kids....tonight I acted in a way that I am so completely embarrassed about, I couldn't even face myself in the mirror. Tonight I realized that I need to step back and relax. Tonight I begged for forgiveness from my babies....tonight I kissed them more, hugged them tight and told them how much I love them. Tonight I am grateful that tomorrow is a new day…

26.  When my son was diagnosed with autism and I was battling depression, I wish the people who had said they would be there for us had actually showed up.

27.  I'm still here. I still like to go out. Even if I can't go, I like to be asked because most of the time I just feel forgotten. I love my family. Every bit. But I need a break with friends sometimes to make me feel sane. Even if my life has completely changed. I'm still here.


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Even doing as well as I am, I still think about suicide daily.


This isn't the way I expected it to be. This isn't the family I imagined. I wouldn't trade my babies for anything, I just didn't expect to be so alone.


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I feel at home in a children's hospital in a way you hope you never will.


Sorry, I can't today, feeling crappy, maybe tomorrow...for the 462nd day running…

34.  I'm constantly told "Oh I could NEVER do that" or "I don't know how you manage," but the truth is you don't know what you can do or handle until you just have to.


My smile is finally real...

If you or someone you know needs help, please visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can also reach the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741-741. Head here for a list of crisis centers around the world.

The Crisis Text Line is looking for volunteers! If you’re interesting in becoming a Crisis Counselor, you can learn more information here.

Originally published: March 23, 2016
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