My husband has an addiction. Addiction… Scary word huh, Judgemental or Misunderstood?
Addiction:/ noun / the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance or activity.
There is still a stigma around mental health, I also believe that the word addiction makes people uncomfortable, yet quite often they come hand in hand with each other, two peas in a pod, feeding off each other creating the monster inside you bigger than you can keep a leach on.
It’s one thing reducing the stigma around adults and mental illness, but I think that there is a bigger one around children and mental health. Too much judgement not only on the child but on the parents too.
Our daughter had a massive panic attack on Friday afternoon. Mid netball game she left the court and we had to get her home.
We (her parents) are her world, it is our job to keep her safe, including from the monsters in her mind.
Beyondblue have some great reading, tips and help on there Healthy Families site and don’t be afraid to speak up for them, so many children are misunderstood....
Now 10 months on, I am different. I’m not 100% but 100% better than where I was and who I was. Changes do not happen overnight. The biggest and most difficult hurdle is the one where you finally admit and accept that you are suffering and need help and when you realise this your emotions are so intense you don’t think there is any possible way to escape it.
Don’t wait to get help. Don’t wait to speak. Love hard and let them love you, smile again from the inside.
You have to start somewhere right? but where? how? right now I don't know the answer, seems way too far away from me. I have like 247 tabs open in my head, where to start? I am so jumbled, I want to talk about things that have happened this week, this year, 2 years ago, 10 years ago, and when I was at school. So many of these things flash into my memories throughout my day.
The first step I think is admitting to yourself you have a problem, I'm yet to do that.