Speaking Out on Mental Health

I was inspired to write this post after reading an essay published by Kevin Love, NBA player of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Before reading the rest of this post, I recommend you read his essay first here :
https://www.theplayerstribune.com/kevin-love-everyone-is-going-through-something/

It shows no one is immune to mental health challenges, irrespective of your income, profession, or other social labels.

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There is nothing more isolating than dealing with a mental health issue on your own. You may have friends and other people in your life you can share with, but sharing does not come easily. Not everyone has the emotional intelligence to listen to another person's, sometimes rational and sometimes irrational, hardships. Furthermore, helping one to deal with issues is an entirely different ball game. "Forget about it" or "Don't think about it" are commonly prescribed solutions within the circle of friends & family. If only it were that simple..

I suffered my first panic attack (that I can really remember, to be honest) last November. It has been a slow recovery since, but there have been good days along the way. There is a good chance I have had a form of mental OCD, which had surfaced itself in the past but had long gone undetected. I am suspending definitive judgement until I get a certified professional back in the U.S. to confirm.

People argue that talking openly about it shows weakness. And maybe it does. Maybe you lose out on opportunities because of it. But to me, making yourself vulnerable and facing your fears builds strength overtime. Those opportunities you lost were not ones good enough for your future strength.

Society may argue to deal with it silently. But at what cost? What good are you to society if there is a battle inside of you that is depleting you of your energy?

Getting help is essential. It has helped me. It can help others too.

Thank you Kevin Love for giving me the courage to speak out on this important issue. I hope to talk about it more again in the future.

-AR

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