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Mental Illness Bloggers are in Touch with their Vulnerability and Humanity

Blogs about mental illness are some of the most captivating blogs that I love to read. I am interested in the topics they cover but that is not the only reason why they speak to me.

Bloggers that have struggled with mental illness have had to learn to be in touch with their humanity. In order to write your own mental illness, you have to dive deep into the darkest corners of your mind. The descriptions that they write are very vivid and full of human depth. There is a sense of soul searching that draws you into the posts.

I am not just counting the blogs that identify themselves as having mental illness. There are also some bloggers that suffer from OCD, depression, social anxiety and severe mental turmoil that chose not to identify their blog as such. However the content of their posts has very vivid descriptions of the mental torment they experience.

The level of depth to the mental illness blogs makes me feel in touch with my own vulnerability and humanity.

People with mental illness are used to being vulnerable. I am not saying that we enjoy it, but that we have had no choice but to accept it.

There is a strong ability to identify and describe the human condition, amongst mental illness bloggers.

There is also support between the bloggers to deal with the most painful aspects of being human.

We have had to endure such tremendous trials on a day to day basis that we are keenly in touch with human mental and emotional suffering. The reality of our daily suffering is part of our lives. People with mental illness have to deal with extreme levels of emotion every single day.

Our brains cause us to suffer on a regular basis, in ways that most people do not understand.

Other people experience severe emotional suffering when someone they love dies or is severely ill. They experience loss when they lose someone they love to a break up or to death.

People experience fear when they are in a situation of immediate danger, like a car accident of a fire. They feel fear over losing a job and feelings of depression over having to settle for things in life to be less that they hoped for.

People with mental illness experience the extreme levels of depression, severe anxiety, loneliness, fear and trauma on a daily basis.

 We experience the fear of being triggered into any of those severe emotional states. Our brains are a constant threat to our emotional well being and our ability to function.

 The phrase “there is nothing to fear but fear itself” is not a comforting one to us.

Life is always a risk to us. Every decision we make and everything we attempt to do, has the potential to utterly destroy our mental state and in some cases… our lives.

Many of us are in constant fear of interacting with other people due to stigma about mental illness.  We  also fear our inability to interact with people in a “normal” and acceptable way.

Many social activities that other people take for granite are potentially hazardous to us either in a physical way or in a mental way.

We can be easily triggered in a matter of seconds into a completely different mental state.

Since we go through the extremes of human emotion so often, we are very in tune with the human condition. We are very aware that we are vulnerable. We are constantly subject to our own mental vulnerability.

All people are vulnerable but they do not realize it in the same way  that   people with mental illness do. The brain is a very fragile thing. It can become traumatized and damaged. Everyone is in danger of having their brain organization becoming disrupted. People take for granite that their brains will always function in the same way they are currently functioning.

The mental illness bloggers talk of fear and anxiety in a very human and real way. We are in touch with the human condition of fear. We can write descriptively about fear very well.

We are also very in touch with depression and sadness. Mental illness bloggers can write very descriptive, artistically worded pictures of sadness and emptiness, that other people cannot access.

Sadness is a very human state. The vulnerability to depression , emptiness and loneliness makes us very in touch with our human side. Being in touch with the humanity in ourselves allows us to perceive life and ourselves in a way that is different from other people.

We have to feel things in a very extreme way. This is what our brains do… They force us to feel… often times..  too much.

If we were a painting, it would have very black blacks and very red reds. The colors would be very dark in places and very bright in others. The grays are harder to come by, unless you are currently on a medication cocktail that will allow for some calm colors for a while.. that is…until you build up a tolerance or …for some reason known to no one…your brain chemistry just suddenly decides that the particular med combination no longer will work.

The struggle to find the right medications, self medicate, and reach out to any form of relief that will hold you, is a constant and daily struggle.

We know what is feels like to be constantly reaching out for help, only to find that real help is hard to come by.  Mental illness bloggers are very in tune with their need for other people. They are able to reach out with their writing to others who are suffering.

Although I am sorry for the suffering of my fellow bloggers, I treasure your blogs. I love to read posts and feel the humanity in them.

Mental illness bloggers have the unique ability to be in touch with the tormented human brain and to write mental pain, in a way that others can feel.

The humanity of the mental illness bloggers staggers the reader’s mind and stimulates the senses. When I read the posts, I feel connected with emotions in myself. I feel validated about my own mental suffering. I feel a kinship with not just people with mental illness, but with humanity.

Blessing to all,

Annie

63 thoughts on “Mental Illness Bloggers are in Touch with their Vulnerability and Humanity”

  1. This post is a blessing. So well-written, the entire time I was nodding my head, going all, “She gets it!! She understands. She wants to understand. She’s accepting. Great post.”

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    1. You were the very first one to read this. Thank you for commenting right away. I had just posted it and then left the room for a minute. I was so happy to see a comment already 🙂 I am glad this post made you feel good. We all struggle so much with being misunderstood , it is nice to be seen as special for a change 🙂
      Annie

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      1. Aw I was the first! Im sure that’s going to be my achievement of the week 🙂 I’m happy. My day’s got off to a great start now, thank you 😀

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  2. I love this post! And youre right i love how easily and openly some people can talk when theyve had horrific things happen to them, its to know youre not alone (although its sad to know that someone else is suffering)

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    1. Thank you for that 🙂 You are right, it does not make it hurt any less. But the beauty in the poetry and other writings of suffering people comes out of the suffering. I wanted to remind everyone that even on the days they feel dysfunctional and worthless, they are important and special. The people that are touched by each mental illness /mental healing blog matter too. Edgar Allen Poe is one of my favorite writers and I always was fascinated by his ability to see things from the point of view of someone who was mentally suffering. I am sure he suffered much to be able to write the way he did. “Quoth the Raven, Nevermore ” Poe

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      1. Yes for sure, I’m glad we are all starting to have more of a voice and that it is being heard, and that people don’t have to feel as alone.

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  3. So agree with you! Our extreme sensitivity makes us feel things, do things intensely, and leads to the vivid descriptions of all we’ve been through. And precisely because of what we have been through, our empathy and levels of compassion can be really high. Thank you so much for writing. So glad I found this post that my friend Blahpolar reposted. Hugs.

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  4. Hey there Annie, great post.
    Made me realize I don’t identify my blog as a mental illness blog, more a focus on healing from from all types of abuse, trauma and neglect blog.

    Mentally ill – NO (cruel label..)
    Psychologically Injured – Yes

    I believe 100% of ‘mentally ill’ people have been abused in some form or another – whether sexually, emotionally, spiritually or physically and many of them are not even aware that they have been abused.. either due to repressed memories, they were too young, or they do not understand the types of subtle or covert abuse that can cause depression.. and it’s effect on the brain.. and on the soul..
    ‘Mentally ill’ puts the blame on you.. and sounds like an incurable disease
    ‘Psychological injury’ – put the blame on others, but it is up to you to heal from it..

    We are not ill, we are injured… healing requires work on an emotional, physical and spiritual level.
    Feel strongly about this topic :o)

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    1. I was considering your blog as one of the ones that I liked to read.

      I consider anyone who has trauma from domestic abuse (physical/ mental) to have mental disturbance to their normal brain function or illness of their brain. Maybe I should have clarified that I was referring to blogs about mental healing, as well as the blogs that are about a particular mental illness such as bipolar disorder.

      I do agree with your point that Psychological injury is an appropriate term for survivors of domestic abuse and less stigma is attached to it. Your blog is one of my very favorite blogs and you do great work generating awareness and helping people to find the right healing tools for themselves 🙂
      Annie

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  5. Have you noticed that we have no choice but to fight back and THINK, Rationalize and take care of our mental and physical health as our main priority? While most people with no mental illnesses don’t even feel the need to grow or be better? That’s why it’s easy to find people like us who are more human, and understand the needs and the caring of others while a lot of the so called “normies” continue to live mediocre lives not thinking twice on the wellbeing of others or even their own.

    For me, we are here to evolve and to learn, and I see exactly the opposite. I think the rest of the world is a lot more ill than any bipolar or any other person with mental illness. We can’t ever stop working on ourselves to help us deal and fix what we can, for us to be able to cope with our disorder. If that’s the price to pay by having Bipolar, then, I gladly accept it. No wonder we always find support among each other.

    Trinity

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      1. “Normies” I borrowed from a friend who writes at Healthcentral.com – my home for many years. ( they’ve changed the site’s template I had to create a new account, this time as Trinity) I’m glad you like it, it’s somewhat an acid way to refer those we feel some resentment about the way they treat those who are “different”.

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  6. Reblogged this on James the Greatest and commented:
    Annie is a mental health blogger. and despite the typos 😉 , this piece is very powerful and honest. in it, she talks about how the struggles of the mentally ill enhance our writing ability. I especially like these lines: “Life is always a risk to us. Every decision we make and everything we attempt to do, has the potential to utterly destroy our mental state and in some cases or lives.”

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  7. I woke up to this and I have to agree 100% with you. This blog has helped me in so many ways; meeting people going through the same thing, supportive people who care even if we’ve never met, and it’s completely non judgmental. Love you, Annie!. Thank you for always being there for me. ((Hugs ))

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    1. thank you for your kind words. I am very glad I am able to help to validate people. For those of us who suffer from depression, severe anxiety, PTSD, and other mental illnesses it is hard to fit in with the “normals” and to be accepted by them. Our self esteem is constantly crushed down by criticism, demands we cannot meet and stigma. People with mental illness need to be approved of for who they are. Bloggers with posts about mental illness and their personal struggles are very brave and special people that deserve to be recognized for their contribution to humanity.
      Blessings,’Annie

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  8. This is very beautifully written. I like the idea that the extreme emotions that come with difficulties like anxiety and depression don’t have to be seen as a failing, but can actually be seen as something that allows for a deeper insight into the human condition. A kind of added depth, rather than an absent internal mechanism for control,

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    1. I am so happy your read your comments. We do have depth of character and feelings that regular people cannot comprehend. We are often misunderstood and discredited. I am glad to help people to feel better about the whole person that they are. Thank you for reading
      Annie

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  9. This post IS a blessing. I relate on all levels as someone who lives with a lifetime mental illness (Bipolar II) and as the observer who also feels much empathy, awe & solace for my fellow bloggers who share their deepest “secrets”. Thank you for this. Peace, love & light, juled

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  10. My friend blahpolar always finds wonderful resources to share, and this post is one of them. Thanks for validating my innermost feelings about why reading bipolar-themed blogs is so important to me! 🙂

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    1. Thank you for your words of encouragement. I appreciate them. I am glad you felt uplifted by my post. That was the goal I had in mind. I think we have all had enough of being criticized and feeling inferior to the “normal brained” people
      Blessings,
      Annie

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    1. You are so welcome ! 🙂 I feel very good that this post has spoken to people in a way that validated them. Pain being beautiful reminds me of Edgar Allen Poe writings. The Tell Tale Heart and The Raven are my favorites. If you have never read them, you should check them out. The Raven is a poem about a man who has lost his lover to death. He is so depressed that he slips into a kind of psychosis and begins to detach from reality. He hears knocking at his bedroom door but no one is there. The raven speaks to him the words “Never More” . He is never more to see his love again.
      Edgar Allen Poe suffered from mental illness and that is how he was able to write such beautiful dark poetry and short stories that explore the darkest edges of our minds under torment.
      Thank you for reading.
      Annie

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  11. One of the things that has struck me most, when reading mental health blogs, is hope. Maybe the person writing a particular post has no hope that things can improve. But a comment, a few words from a reader can plant a tiny seed of hope. My blog is about learning to truly live rather than just exist. There are days when I doubt I will ever have the life I so desperately want, but blogging allows me to see the progress I have made, even when I feel stuck. I can look back over old posts and see how much my life has changed. Blogging can feel self indulgent, but hopefully my blog gives other people hope just as I find in so many of the blogs I read.

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    1. Yes, you are right. We are able to see our progress and review our path by looking at old posts. It is a way of looking at ourselves from an outside perspective, like the reader would see us. It is a way to gain perspective and a view of ourselves that is unique and cannot be matched in any therapy, by talking to another person who keeps notes on us. Even if we were to read their notes, it would not be what we wrote.
      I like your comments and I do think that your blog gives hope to people. In helping to heal other wounded people. we generate more healing energy for ourselves.
      Blessings,
      Annie

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  12. Reblogged this on Never Ask "What If?" and commented:
    Absolutely Brilliant and spot on. I’d reccomend to any mental illness blogger that needs a little bit of encouragement. A reminder that what we do not only helps us, but others as well.

    I’m proud to be a blogger with a mental illness such as Depression and Anxiety.

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  13. Annie, this is exactly what I needed tonight. Being a blogger with a mental illness is something that sets me apart, because when I type, the words flow out of me. They always are. Thank you so much for writing this. As I read I kept seeing things that resonated with me and things that I wholeheartedly agree with. This makes me proud to be part of the wordpress community and even prouder to be a blogger with a mental illness. I wear my heart on my wordpress so that others may find some peace on it.

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  14. From the old git, thank you for your words and understanding, I blog to get the message out, and use my poems and rambles as encouragement for. My fellow freinds who are unable to express their emotions and unable to put them. In words,, Ty, take care stay strong ,

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