IT'S NOT IN MY HEAD
People silently suffering, a whirlwind in their minds, trying to hide from eyes that tell them that they can control whatever happens to them.
A child with OCD. Unable to stop asking her parents the same question, unable to stop performing the same ritual day after day. A girl with depression. Unable to get out of bed or understand why she loathes everything she used to love.
A boy with anxiety. Constantly told that his fears are irrational, that he should stop catastrophizing. Told that the problem won’t exist if he ignores it.
Told that it’s all in his head.
There is a stigma that surrounds mental disorders. But what people don’t realize is that people diagnosed with psychological disabilities are struggling in their own way—just in a way others can’t see. Regardless of the circumstances, the pain is extremely real to them.
It isn’t, and never will be, in their head.
Mental illnesses should not be the topic that is swept under the carpet. They should be a source of empowering discussion.
We want your words that seek to eliminate this stigma. We want your raw emotions, personal experiences, and subversive opinions. Submit your work to us by June 10, 2017.