Mental illness is happening all around you, but you probably don’t see it. Imagine, for a moment, a school prom – and you are standing around like a “wall flower;” feeling self-conscious. Then look around and realize all the other wall flowers. The irony in this situation is that there are many others in the room thinking “I really stand out here, and everyone is looking at me.” Then consider this: how plausible it is that people will be worrying about how you look, when they are so busy worrying about themselves?
When you suffer depression or anxiety, (as we all do from time-to-time) it’s easy to feel like you are the only one going through such pain. Isolation is normal when dealing with an overwhelming problem like depression or anxiety. But you are not alone. (more…)