March 19

Removing the Stigma of Mental Illness

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Removing the stigma of mental illness isn’t easy. I have sat down many times to write on the subject of mental health.  Specifically, anxiety and depression but have always stopped short. When you’ve struggled with it as I have, then you know it isn’t really an easy subject to approach.

Ready to Share

Perhaps I am finally ready now because I’ve won the battle.  I always knew from a very young age that I would share my story. My story is not just about the struggle but about having the will to fight and keep going.

Now in my 40’s, it’s only been in recent years that mental illness is being discussed without the stigma. Perhaps it is due to the abundance of information on the internet, with YouTube and the media.

We hear more and more about suicides due to depression or bullying and overdoses. There are also more celebrities being open about their struggles.  Now an open dialogue has been created around the subject.

My Hope

I hope that the more mental illness is discussed, the more the stigma will be lifted. Then, hopefully, more help will be available.

I dealt with anxiety and depression from a very young age. Therefore, I know that the stigma that surrounds mental illness can be a deterrent to seeking help.  I cannot tell you how many times I knew I needed help, but I was so afraid of being called “crazy.”

That’s how I felt, and at times I could not control my emotions. Oftentimes had no idea why I felt the way that I did.

I have experienced a tremendous amount of growth as I’ve gotten older.  The growth has not been easy, but I no longer feel the need to stay isolated. I hope to be a voice of inspiration and encouragement. After all, it’s brought me here and to this platform.



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Anxiety, Depression, Lynna K Teer


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