As mentioned in the previous post, we in the group has “taken over” this blog and will with this post what it is like to have a mental illness nobody can see and how we deal with this on a daily basis.
My name is Petter and I have a mental illness called Severe Social Anxiety.
With this illness I’m not comfortable and I struggle and get panic attacks when I go into the public and mostly in big crowds.
I do not attend birtday party’s unless it’s close family and not a bigger crowd than around 6-8 people. I have had this illness for around 8 years now, and it all started pretty sudden.
It all started at work. I was goin back to my desk after having lunch and I have to go trough the open landscape at work to get to my desk. (I do know the people I work with and I had been working there for 4 years).
When I was walking, I managed to stumble and fall and spilling my coffee and destroy my mug.
It is pretty funny acctualy, but since I acctualy did land with my throat on my coffee cup that smashed, I managed to cut myself in the throat.
Everyone at the workplace started laughing for me falling, like many people do. I was hurt and did not laugh and the people I work with stopped laughing when they saw that I was hurt.
This did cause it
So. This episode is what I can think of, my trigger for my Social Anxiety. I was always out with friends before, and I was always the one starting conversations, but now I never go out and I always stay in the background and do not say much.
As you can see, there is something simple as this that acctualy can cause mental illness, and we all have to be carefull of what we do. I know the people at work did not mean anything bad with it, but my brain did not take it that way.
Starting a better life
After a while I found Mental Health Youth in my district and I did make contact. And I’m glad I did. There is nothing better than being here talking and doing something out of the ordinary.
I’m now acctualy over the “age limit” for Mental Health Youth and should go to a community center for Mental Health people, but as kind as the managers here are, they are letting me stay here since I’m happy here and they do not kick people out, here they acctualy take care of us and listen.
Reminder for the good deed
I will remind people that we do hope people will contribute to those who need it. We are ready and we will go out on Monday and Tuesday to gather money for a man that has a dental disease so that he can live a normal life.
You can find the GoFundMe case here!
Or you can donate trough us here and mark the payment or send an email of what amount is gonna go for a GoFundMe campaign.
I hope everyone has a good day.