Keeping Hope

I want to keep hope. Some days, I joke and say I’m lightheartedly depressed. – In truth, I’m sad, at times, for the things we have to go through. It makes me angry, frustrated, and agitated to the point someday you just almost want to go fuck it. But there’s a part of me that’s just screaming to get through it. I know I can – and will because it’s something I strive to survive and more – I want to. We deserve so much more. He deserves more. and I won’t stop until we can build a life we consider successful, stable, and able to be lived at our best and worst too.

Opening Up

Having a mental illness is an uncomfortable thing to handle as far as what you go through – when both before and after being diagnosed, initially, and the living with it afterwards.

You’re expected when going through the process – of being “in treatment” – to not only suddenly be forthcoming with your issues but openly and honestly, to complete strangers, – doctors, psychiatrists, therapists, sometimes case managers, etc. You might be put on new medications or have to go to group sessions. You suddenly have to make privacy decisions – do you allow others to know of it, or do you keep it to yourself? Do you allow loved ones to know or do you go in alone to sessions?

People who are in it and have been in it for years, don’t talk about this enough to those who are outside of the system. Yes, it’s great to be supportive of each other and I love our community for that. But if we don’t open up and share, if we are able, how do those entering our community, how else are they going to find out accurately what the experiences can be like?

For those of you who don’t understand or are outside of the mental health community. — it can feel very invasive. the process is, in a sense, like removing our privacy, our safety net. People don’t share or don’t want to share, how terrifyingly helpless you can feel when entering it or having decisions made both for you and on your behalf.

More then that, even if you mean well, you, as an advocate who isn’t going through the process yourself – can sometimes make us angry, when you take away our choice to let others know if we have the mental illness or not. we’re not always comfortable, being introduced as your son or daughter who has this illness. and please excuse our behaviors because we have this. we’re not looking to be understood, not always, just ….we’re people first. introduce us as a person, not as what we’re diagnosed with. Yeah, we put up with it, but it’s not always needed to excuse things.

with mental illness, it’s part of how we are, not who we are.

You’ll forget that sometimes. But try not to.

Sometimes..

Having depression and anxiety is living with your desire to cry, without too much provocation over the little things, for longer then you feel you should be, but also as needed, and then stressing over the fact you cried at all, and apologizing for how you appeared, without even realizing you never told them why you were crying in the first all, – all while going through cycles of emotions – faster then you can handle, at times. And then being fine afterwards, and this was all in your head, so not only did you stress yourself out and process it, but the other person doesn’t even have time to react. It’s exhausting. And that’s without even trying to express what just happened. and why and such.

Random Things about Ohio

Depending on what direction you live in state of Ohio – is how you decide whether you consider yourself southern, mid-western, western, or eastern. or just pure northern Yankee. Also depending on what direction of the state you live in – decides how much snow is normal for winter, if you live closer to lake erie or the rivers, you get more. We believe Bigfoot exists, and have stories of sightings dating back to before the 1800s, in the Canton/Akron area. Weather has a 50% chance of being accurate every time its predicted and has a 25% additional chance of doing neither opposite thing and just doing something else entirely. we also have local lore about werewolves in the country side myths and don’t get me started on the things you can find in cornfields and such at night. Don’t drive alone at a night and do not follow the lights into the fields.

based on my personal research and experiences as someone who both was born and raised there. I’ve also lived there my whole life. – @omgwitcherry

I’ll add some sources for some of these later.

*EDIT: (Sources for the myths) — 

  • Bigfoot [ x ],  <– bigfoot sightings – these contain reports for ohio, BFRO
  • Bigfoot [ ] – the salt fork sightings/bigfoot
  • bigfoot [ x ] – the even made a movie about it called the Minerva Monster
  • 11 mythical creatures seen in Ohio [ x
  • werewolf of defiance [ x ]
  • silver creek werewolf [ x ]