It’s Mental Health Awareness Month, so here at The Optimist Daily, we are informing our readers about all things mental health. Sometimes when you are experiencing mental health issues it can feel like you’re never going to come out the other side. While this is a completely normal and a valid way to feel, it’s also important to remind yourself that you will.
Each person’s journey is different, but it can be helpful to hear the experiences of other people that can inspire and help you push through the darkest times. Here are some web posts that describe encouraging mental health stories to help you do just that.
Natalie Slivinski: What It’s Like to Have an ADHD Brain
Natalie’s clever writing really allows you to enter the mind of someone with ADHD through colorful descriptions and clever analogies while still delving into the science behind the disease. “In the ADHD brain, the team is short-staffed. Everything — including the trash — goes into one big pile of equal importance,” she writes.
Wil Wheaton: My name is Wil Wheaton. I Live With Chronic Depression and Generalized Anxiety. I Am Not Ashamed
In this post, New York Times Number One Bestselling Audiobook narrator and former Star Trek actor Wil Wheaton opens up about his struggles with anxiety and depression. This story shows that success and mental illness aren’t mutually exclusive while giving you a realistic account of his journey along the way.
Alicia T. Rust: Bipolar Confessions
This heartfelt confession of dealing with bipolar disorder and motherhood is truly inspiring. Parenting with any mental illness is challenging, so guidance and support should be accessible. Blog posts such as this help break the taboo surrounding this issue and allow advice to reach the people who need it.
David’s story of mental health struggles in his early twenties is a common one, however, one that is rarely discussed. We’re all told this time period is supposed to be the best years of our lives, skipping over all the confusion and anxiety that is bubbling during this transition to adulthood.
Taylor Otwell: My Mental Health Toolbelt
This post offers straightforward actionable tips focussing on mental health and technology. As most of us are pinned to our computer screens, sitting at a desk all day, understanding how these devices impact our mental health and what we can do about it is seriously important.