I have lived the entirety of my adult life with major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. I’ve gone through two therapists and a slew of prescriptions before finally finding a treatment that worked. Mental illness has been a relentless force in my life for years, so influential that I wrote my undergraduate thesis on cultural perceptions of mental illness stigma.
I’m so grateful to be a part of #MindPoetryProject . I’m so grateful to contribute to a project that will benefit the support of people like me. @flyonthewall_poetry has done something so beautiful in putting together this anthology, and I’m honored to be a part of it.
I’ll go more in depth in my own experience with mental illness in a blog post this weekend, but I did want to take this time to open myself to questions. The only way to eliminate stigma is to normalize that which is stigmatized. If you have questions regarding life with mental illness, whether broad or specific, please feel free to leave them in the comments below or to DM me.
THEY SAY • (3/365) • This year, I’m challenging myself to write one poem a day every day until the end of 2018. This is one of my favorites from the first two weeks of the series! The first fourteen poems are all available now at the link in my bio.