When did you last see a positive media portrayal of men expressing emotions? Men's emotions are only allowed to be expressed in limited ways.
Individuals with walking depression remain functional – having personal, social & professional lives – and often seem cheerful, upbeat & happy.
Sometimes situations are crazy difficult and everything feels sad, meaningless and doomed, as if nothing ever will get better. But the thing to remind yourself here is that it does get better, it always has, hasn't it? I know it's hard to exist with a heavy heart but you will be surprised how little things can make a difference...like the sugar in your chai!
Solitude is privilege and having it is a constant fight, never more so when patriarchy feels threatened. How dare you live alone, it must mean that the world is entitled to your body, you slut?
We had a tweet-chat on the necessity for a sensitive use of language when using mental health and mental illness terminology.
It is important for us to pay attention to the real usage of these words because casually throwing them around trivialises the mental illnesses they refer to.
I know people who have tweeted to me, video called me during my worst times - my virtual friendships are as dear to me as offline ones.
I haven't 'fixed' my anxiety and I don't believe it will ever be cured but I am constantly working on managing it better.
Films have a huge impact on the way mental illness is understood in society. It's about time they begin depicting them with more sensitivity.
Mental illnesses are as real as physical illnesses and trivialising them by using the word depressed for sadness only further stigmatises them.