Too close to the edge...

"inhale through your nose
and exhale slowly through puckered lips
you are in control
there is nothing wrong with you
you are fine
you wont freak out
you wont cause a scene
you are in control
you will be okay"
— how to calm down from a panic attack (via blackfemalepresident)

"

I don’t talk about my illness so that you will feel sorry for me. I talk about it so you will know what I’m going through, why I am the way I am. I don’t want your pity. I want your understanding.

And sometimes, I talk about it because I had a bad day and just like you, talking about the bad thing makes me feel better. It just so happens I have a lot of bad days and my illness is usually at the core of it.

"




"

DEPRESSION
Do you remember how empty you felt the day someone you loved left? Doesn’t matter who it was, doesn’t matter how they left. Just feel that feeling inside your chest, the emptiness, the aching, the numbness, the sad, the cold. It feels so empty that you can physically feel it, right? You don’t want to get out of bed because there’s nothing worth waking up for. You consider suicide. Now imagine being that way since you were little. Imagine that depression is decades long of the same heartbreak. Imagine that you feel this way when you wake up, sometimes for no reason at all.

ANXIETY
Do you remember the last time you faced one of your fears? Doesn’t matter what fear. One that most people can relate to is public speaking. Do you remember how scared you were? Do you remember feeling everybody’s eyes on you? Do you remember shaking? Imagine feeling that all the time. Imagine that every second of your life is a presentation and the whole world is an audience.

Do you understand it now?

"
— 2:46 p.m. (Maybe if I explain it this way, more people will understand)



"Stop beating yourself up. You are a work in progress - which means you get there a little at a time, not all at once."
— (via a-quiline)