Last week I outed myself with a mental illness in a post about ten of my self care practices for major depression. I posted the blog on Facebook and held my breath. What would people think? or say? And you know what - folks were kind, supportive, and appreciative of my sharing.
There's still such a stigma attached to mental illness. I don't really know what to do about that other than continue to share my experiences with honesty and trust that the folks that need to hear it, that want the understanding, will find my words.
But mostly I write for myself. I need to fight the stigma in my own mind. I need to acknowledge where I'm at in this depression wrangling - the successes and the not-so-much. The writing helps me to see myself more clearly and to better appreciate what I see.