I see a therapist.
Yup. You read that right. I see a therapist. I’ve seen one for two years now.
I haven’t been super open about that until recently. And by recently I mean this blog post. I’ve seen her through post partum depression, my body dysmorphia diagnosis, and now we are working on controlling what may be Bioplar Disorder Type II. I see her once a month regardless of how I’m doing but when things get heavy, I see her almost every week. I’m so fortunate that my insurance covers this completely.
I take an anti-anxiety medication.
I take Lexapro 20 mg every night before bed. I have for two years now. It is wonderful. It has helped tremendously and I’m fortunate enough to have no side effects. When I’ve really been struggling I also take a anxiety relief medication called Lorazepam to help me calm down.
Mental illness runs in my family.
My Grandma struggled with mental illness. While I don’t know what her official diagnosis ever was, she spent several weeks at a time “away” at the psychiatric unit. Listening to stories my mom would tell, I imagine she also had some kind of bipolar disorder.
Very close family members also struggle with mental health. Many of my close friends are also on anti anxiety/anti depressants.
I AM NOT ASHAMED.
And you shouldn’t be either.
Why am I telling you this?
I was listening to my friend Arianna’s podcast. Ari and my other friend Gabe came together and made a podcast about mental health and opened up so bravely about their struggles with mental health.
If you haven’t been following Ari, follow her on Instagram and Spotify at @arianna_unsure.
While I’m well versed in how to control my anxiety and recognizing my own triggers, I pondered how helpful their podcast would have been to me if I had never heard of anxiety or considered that my thoughts could be labeled as unhealthy or anxiety.
I highly recommend you give her podcast a listen. The link is here: https://open.spotify.com/episode/4ri8X60Ek6X9Ntu69rXJX9…
and can be found on Spotify under the title Ariana Unsure “Let’s Talk Mental Health”.
THANK YOU to Gabe and Ari for being so brave. Thank you for inspiring me to open up about my mental health. I hope together we can end the stigma associated with mental illness.