July 4, 2015 | The Veil of Mental Illness | Alexa Moody
I've often said that it doesn't matter how many books you've read, degrees you've earned, or how many letters come after your name - you will never understand mental illness unless you've experienced one yourself.
This, I believe, is primarily what makes myself and the volunteers in Please Live qualified to talk about our experiences. We've been there. We know what it feels like to suffer in silence, to feel like we're drowning, and to believe that we are being perfectly logical when, in fact, we aren't.
Of course, the volunteers here also have training. We are mental health professionals. Simply experiencing a mental illness and being willing to talk about it does not qualify you to actually do so. There are certain guidelines that should be understood and followed regarding telling your story. See last month's blog post on those guidelines, if you are interested.
Today's post is to do my best to explain the mental state of someone who is sick with a mental illness such as depression or anxiety. [...]
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