Health, by definition, can be a state of being or a person’s condition, whether physical or mental. If we went by the dictionary’s definition of healthy, it would be anyone free from illness or injury. However, in this day and age, we know that there are many different ways to view and maintain health and to also be a healthier person. The stigmas around physical and mental health need to end. We need to normalize the conversations around chronic illness, chronic pain, mental illness and mental health.
Let’s Talk About Health
I am in no way, shape or form, an expert on physical or mental health. I do, however, live with conditions that walk a jagged line between both. My life has been a constant struggle to live with, and to understand, my depression, anxiety, PTSD (due to childhood trauma), PCOS, anemia, dental deterioration and Fibromyalgia.
After becoming a parent, I also added trying to understand and accept autism, depression, ADHD and bi-polar through another person’s perspective.
Yes, this list seems daunting and yes, it is often too much for me to take. I wish more than anything that there was more understanding, more support and less stigma/judgment surrounding it all.
I never worried about my physical health, other than my weight, until I was a teenager. I had always been overweight and, with the traumas of my childhood, my obesity just escalated, as did my severe decline in mental health.
I was diagnosed with PCOS at 15, Anemia at 30 and Fibromyalgia at 35. My physical health has been deteriorating faster and faster, it seems.
Mental illness is genetic. Mental illness is triggered. Mental illness is a real disease and it needs to be recognized. My mental health started to turn into mental illness due to childhood traumas that triggered severe PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome), severe depression and severe anxiety.
Find out more about my mental health struggles on my depression page.
Self-Esteem and Self-Worth
Trying To Hold My “Self-Care” Accountable
What An Undead Drew Barrymore Taught Me About Self-Care
Self-Care is Hard
3 Motivational Tips For Moms
4 Books I Am Reading To Change My Perspective
My Stressed Out Mom Playlist
You can also learn more about what it is like parenting a special needs child on my autism page.