What It’s Like to Live With a Mental Illness


I think a lot of people don’t know more about mental illness because for some things, there’s literally no way to fully understand it until you’ve experienced it or been through it. For example…professors and psychiatrists and researchers and people that know a lot about mental illnesses will never be able to completely understand something like the term dissociation. We can describe it to them as best we can, given our circumstances, but at the end of the day, they kind of just have to guess what that feels like.

It would be like trying to teach a blind person what the color blue looked like. I think a lot of people don’t even realize that there is so much more to mental illness, to depression, to anxiety, to any type of official illness or disorder, that you literally have never, and will never, experience. There are emotions and thought patterns and processes that you have never even considered, and in that, you will never understand what it’s like to have a mental illness until you are living with one.

So many of us have been trying to understand how we feel for years, because we don’t even understand ourselves. It takes a lot of reflection and self discipline to be able to see yourself clearly through a mental illness, because it would be so much less painful for a lot of us to get through life if we just pretended like those feelings and symptoms didn’t exist.

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