Since I wrote articles for BLOOM and The Mighty I have been thinking a lot about accepting people’s help but even more so HOW do you let people know you need something as you struggle with a disability (mental health, developmental, health)? I mean it’s easy for me to write that I want friends and family to help me at times but how do I let them know when that time is? What do I do for example when a co-worker asks in passing “How are you”? Do I start in on a long story about how my anxiety is really high and my depression medication has just been increased? I mean how weird would that be?
Truthfully I don’t know if I can be trusted at this point in my journey to ask for help. It’s hard enough for me to let down my defenses and admit to my husband that I am struggling. Even though I have just spent the last 3 days in bed my first instinct when he tries to talk to me is to downplay how badly I am feeling. I don’t know why I do this but at least I am aware now that I do.
So where does it leave me? I’m honestly not sure. I don’t want to hide my mental health issues but I also don’t want to be walking around over sharing and pushing mental health down people’s throats. I guess it is something I will keep pondering – please feel free to leave comments so I know I am not alone.
Disclaimer: I’m honoured by the outpouring of support following this post. Please know that while I am wondering about this topic I really am ok. I saw my Psychiatrist yesterday and my Psychologist tomorrow. It’s all good 🙂