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.

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About 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