Too close to the edge...

"Our comfort zone in so many ways can be our biggest enemy; the familiarity. Our fear of the unknown is so primal as human beings. It’s so huge that we will do anything to avoid it."

Explaining mental illness to a friend:
  • Me: You hate roller coasters right?
  • Friend: Yeah.
  • Me: So you wouldn't go on one? Even if I payed you?
  • Friend: No.
  • Me: Why not?
  • Friend: Because I just couldn't.
  • Me: But physically you could, physically there's nothing stopping you getting on a roller coaster.
  • Friend: I guess, but I still couldn't do it though. I just....couldn't.
  • Me: Right there, that's mental illness.
posted 4 months ago with 666 notes

Anonymous asked: "How do I make, well, different friends. My friends now are great but I often find myself alone with no one around to talk to when I need it most. I try to meet new people but I find myself too anxious to meet other people and going to a small school doesn't help that. So please help give me ideas"

Perhaps joining an extracurricular group outside of school? You say you’re nervous around new people so why don’t you take a friend with you? It’s easier to strike up a conversation when there’s two of you. I’m sure there’s plenty of clubs you could go to outside of school, choose something that interests you. Find people with common interests, it can make it easier to form a friendships with them. Put yourself out there a bit more, when your friends mix with people you don’t know try and join in, and even if you don’t speak to anyone it’s still an accomplishment, and perhaps the next time you’ll have the courage to speak up. It’s all about getting used to being in unfamiliar social situations, the more you participate the easier it will get. Let your personality shine through, I have faith in you! I hope this helps, message me anytime :) 

posted 4 months ago with 1 note

"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)

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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.

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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?

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