“Are you okay? Is anything wrong? You seem different.” These are the phrases I repeatedly heard my senior year of high school. My parents were highly concerned about me and it wasn’t for another five years that I finally understood what was going on. I was struggling with depression. It wasn’t until my early twenties, [...]
I have been married to my husband for 12 years and together for 17. We have two daughters ages 8 and 11. He is a Chief in the Navy and is months away from retirement. In 2006 when I was pregnant with my first daughter, I began having extreme highs and lows and was quite unstable throughout the later part of my pregnancy. I had shown signs of all this prior but didn't acknowledge I had any issues. My spouse was also preparing for his IA to Iraq.
The psychological and verbal abuse was evident to everyone else but me.
What does mental health mean to you? To me, mental health is just as important if not more important than physical health. If my mental health isn’t in a good place, the rest of my health and life truly isn’t either. If I am struggling mentally then it means I’m not working out, I’m not eating well, and I most definitely am not taking the time to do any part of my self-care routine. It will show in all aspects of my life.
My mental health journey began many years ago, and has been, probably THE MOST difficult health issue that I’ve had to face. We hear in the news and in our families, how mental health tends to be taboo and something most people just don’t talk about, or want to bring up. Many times, it’s due to not wanting to face the root cause of the issue, or perhaps even the work it will take to fix it.