We all know this fear of being judged, labelled, thought of as less than.
We have a medical condition that requires empathy, understanding and encouragement.
“I ALREADY HATE MYSELF FOR THE THINGS I HAVE DONE. I DON’T NEED SOMEONE ELSE TELLING ME WHAT I ALREADY KNOW.”
Causing erratic mood swings (mostly misdiagnosed as Bipolar Disorder), constant highs and lows. Poor sleeping and eating patterns. Unable to remain consistent or to hold a job. Most of the energy is spent on using or trying to make plans to get more. Even if at a family function, you find that you are always worrying about running out and how to plan to get more.
Starts of with sociable drinking, which progresses to binge drinking. Alcoholism is determined by one factor. If you decide to only have one or two drinks but consistently fail and inevitably drink to blackout or have no money, this is what we call an alcohol addiction. It may not be a daily drink. But when you do decide to drink, you seem to have little to no control over the course of the day or night.
Pornography has a profound effect on the emotional wellbeing on us and has been documented to affect personal relationships over the last decade. Instant gratification being the number one issue and the most insidious addiction currently. Giving rise to anxiety and depression and a constant state of shame.
Being stuck in a narcissistic relationship, inevitable comes with emotional, mental, verbal, physical or sexual abuse. The constant battle of control through manipulation, gas lighting and blame shifting in order to get what one wants out of the other. These are very dangerous if the cycle does not stop as we understand the severity of Gender Based Violence.
This constant state of panic, fear, worry and having this subconscious sense of an impending doom. Constantly asking ourselves what if, and having a mindset always finding the worst case scenarios and eventually working ourselves into a state of panic, heart palpitations, breathlessness and debilitating feeling of being overwhelmed.
Commonly misunderstood for feelings of sadness, depression on the other hand is understood to feel lethargic, constantly tired, demotivated to get out of bed to achieve any goals or to complete any meaningful tasks and feel bedridden not wanting to socialise in any form. Extremely dangerous as this mental illness is the hardest based on the lack of desire to talk out about it.