Mental Health Month

Let’s go off script tonight, this is not the Odd Past, but it can be odd for sure. May is mental health awareness month, so this is a perfect time to continue the trend of ending the stigma of mental health. Isn’t that the entire purpose of mental health awareness month? So, I am doing my part this year, as I usually do, its time to end the stigma.
Mental health issues are terrifying, they aren’t new, but the ability to diagnose and properly treat them are a modern advancement. As late as the mid 20th century, societies from all across the globe would just throw people into lunatic asylums and forget about them.
I have mental health issues, and they began when I was a teenager; being a teen is hard on everyone, but for people with mental health issues, puberty is the time when it starts to rear its ugly head. I went from the class clown and someone that loved to talk to people, and I completely went inside, everything made m anxious, and I began to obsess over literally everything. I was terrified of embarrassing myself in front of my peers, and I obsessed over my interactions with them. The OCD only got worse, and I was eventually properly diagnosed with anxiety disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
I denied all of this well into my twenties; I didn’t want a label, I didn’t want to think of myself as weak, I just wanted to be “normal”. Something changed my life though, and that was the birth of my beautiful children, I would have obsessive episodes and anxiety attacks that made me a terrible father, and I decided I owed it to them to be the best me I can be. Going on low dose medication was the best decision I ever made for myself and my family, I am not perfect, but it helps so much. If you struggle with anything, please seek help, medication isn’t for everyone, but there is something out there to help you.

Published by TheOddPast by Matthew A. Perry

Writer, teacher, broadcaster, and podcaster from West Virginia. I write about and discuss the wacky and weird side of history on my website and my podcast "The Odd Past Podcast" available everywhere

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