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    The Mask We Wear: Navigating Mental Health in a World That Demands Strength

    As someone who has personally struggled with depression and isolation, I know the pressure to maintain a strong front for others all too well. Society often expects us to be resilient, to push through, to never let our struggles show. But in reality, mental health is a complex and fluid experience that can’t always be contained by the mask we wear.

    Depression is a thief. It steals our joy, our energy, our motivation. It whispers lies in our ear, telling us that we’re not enough, that we’ll never be enough. It convinces us to isolate ourselves, to hide away from the world and the people we love. It makes the simplest tasks seem insurmountable, and the darkness seems unshakable.

    But we put on our masks and go about our day, pretending that everything is okay. We smile and nod and pretend that the weight of the world isn’t crushing our spirit. We go through the motions, living a life that’s a shadow of the one we used to know.

    Why do we do this? Why do we hide our struggles with mental health? Because we’re afraid. Afraid of what people will think, afraid of being judged, afraid of being seen as weak. But the truth is, mental health is not a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of courage, of resilience, of strength. It takes immense courage to admit that you’re struggling, to reach out for help, to face the darkness head on.

    And the mask we wear is heavy. It weighs us down, making our struggles seem insurmountable. It drains us of energy and motivation, making it even harder to fight back against depression and isolation. It makes us feel trapped, like there’s no escape from the pain and darkness.

    But there is hope. There is light in the darkness, and it starts with taking off the mask. It starts with being honest with ourselves and with others about our struggles. It starts with reaching out for help, whether that’s through therapy, medication, support groups, or simply talking to a trusted friend or family member. It starts with giving ourselves permission to be vulnerable, to be human, to be imperfect.

    So if you’re struggling with depression, isolation, or any other mental health challenge, know that you’re not alone. Know that it’s okay to take off the mask, to be honest about your struggles, to reach out for help. Know that there is hope, that there is light in the darkness, and that you are strong.

    Remember, you are worthy of love, of compassion, of care. You are worthy of happiness, of joy, of peace. You are worthy of a life that’s filled with light, even in the darkest of moments. So take off the mask, and give yourself the chance to heal, to grow, and to thrive.

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    What is Bipolar disorder?

    #BipolarDisorder

    Bipolar disorder, previously known as manic depression, is a mental disorder characterized by periods of depression and periods of abnormally elevated mood that last from days to weeks each. If the elevated mood is severe or associated with psychosis, it is called mania; if it is less severe, it is called hypomania.

    During mania, an individual behaves or feels abnormally energetic, happy or irritable, and they often make impulsive decisions with little regard for the consequences. There is usually also a reduced need for sleep during manic phases. During periods of depression, the individual may experience crying and have a negative outlook on life and poor eye contact with others.

    The risk of suicide is high; over a period of 20 years, 6% of those with bipolar disorder died by suicide, while 30–40% engaged in self-harm. Other mental health issues, such as anxiety disorders and substance use disorders, are commonly associated with bipolar disorder.

    You can refer to this:

    resiliens.com/resilify/program/cbt-for-bipolar-disorder

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    Seeds

    We all know the saying "you are what you eat" and therefore we know to eat healthily, take vitamins, and so forth. There should also be a saying that goes "you are what you think" so that we would put just as much effort into thinking healthy as well. When we forget to do this, we succumb to negative thoughts and self-hate, and then that leads to depression, anxiety, and other mental health challenges. What are some thoughts, words, or deeds that you can plant so that your mental health flourishes?

    ~ Thanks to all. Thanks for all. ~

    Speaking of thanks for all, I was hoping we could acknowledge everyone who comments below. I know it seems like a small gesture, but many people here have never opened up to anyone before and being open and honest with strangers can be quite scary. So, if we could show our gratitude by giving their comment a simple reply or heart, I’m sure they would really appreciate your team support. What do you say?

    #MentalHealth #Depression #Suicide #Anxiety #BipolarDisorder #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Addiction #dissociativedisorders #OCD #ADHD #Fibromyalgia #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #POTS #PTSD #Cancer #RareDisease #Disability #Autism #Diabetes #EatingDisorders #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #RheumatoidArthritis #Schizophrenia #ComplexRegionalPainSyndrome

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    Depression and the Dentist

    I had to have a tooth extracted two days ago. My dental hygiene is generally very good but when I have depressive episodes, I don't stick to that brush twice, floss once regimen. After several years of on and off depression and anxiety that makes leaving my home or even calling to make appointments very difficult, well, there have been consequences to my neglect.

    People do not like hearing or discussing this part of depression but it is so incredibly common. Personal hygiene often takes a back seat as we try to just survive depression and anxiety. I do not often bring this up unless in a therapy group because the average person doesn't always get how a mood disorder can impact something like taking care of one's teeth or taking a shower every day. It's embarrassing, makes me feel disgusting, and comes with a lot of guilt and shame. Then again, some of those people who would shame me for my neglected hygiene haven't experienced a particularly bad period of depression. I try not to judge too quickly when I feel I am being judged too quickly but it's usually a little tough not to assume the worst. I get defensive which leads to hasty emotional decisions - and then I realize I'm making the exact same mistake as the person judging me. We could all, I think, do with a little more empathy for those who do us an injustice. We could also keep in mind that a lack of hygiene isn't necessary an indicator that someone is just gross or lazy. It can be a symptom of depression or other mental health struggles, something to ask about, not something to judge.

    #BipolarDepression #hygiene #Bipolar

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    The Longer You Hold on to Something the Heavier it Becomes #BipolarDisorder #Depression #Anxiety

    Firstly, a very Merry Christmas to you all 🎄🎅🏼🎁

    Here’s a post about the disruption of holding on to things in your life that you have to just let go, otherwise they can consume you. Hope it may be of help to someone, somewhere. 🙏

    The Longer You Hold on to Something, the Heavier it Becomes!...

    #MentalHealth #OtherMentalHealth

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    The symptoms of BPD are very broad, and some can be similar to or overlap with other mental health problems, such as:

    Bipolar disorder.

    Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD)

    Depression.

    Anxiety.

    Psychosis.

    Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD)

    #BPD #Bipolar #PTSD

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