This is a card that I have thought about doing a million times. With Suga's release of his mixtape, and his references to his own struggle with mental health issues, I thought now was the time. Mental health issues carry so such stigma that people are afraid to admit they have a problem. Many people do not seek the help they need, and many of those who do try to keep their issues a secret for fear of not being accepted or understood. I applaud those celebrities who are brave enough to open up about their own personal struggles, because it helps others to feel not so alone in theirs. Here is a brief list of a few of our favorite idols who have opened up about their mental health issues:
Depression: SNSD's Taeyeon & Yoona, SHINee's Onew, Super Junior's Leeteuk, Heechul, & Yesung, 2NE1's Park Bom, and Miss A's Suzy
Anxiety: SHINee's Jonghyun and Infinite's Sunggyu
OCD and Depression: U-Kiss's Kiseop
Bipolar Disorder: MBlaq's (former) Lee Joon and Epik High's Tablo
Schizophrenia (stress induced): Block B's P.O
Eating disorder and Self harm: SHINee's Key This list is by no means complete - there are many more idols struggling with mental health issues, some who have opened up about their issues and many who have not. So now is the moment that I have both dreaded and longed for... I am stepping out of the Mental health closet myself.... Hello, my name is Theresa and I struggle everyday with mental health issues. I have been diagnosed with Major Depression, Severe Social Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Agoraphobia, and Bipolar Disorder 1, and am also a perpetrator of self harm. I have actually had to leave my job because of my mental health issues and am currently taking a semester off of school to try to regulate my meds again. I have dealt with many of these issues most of my life, but everything exploded about 3 years ago and my world came crashing down around me. That was when I recieved my Bipolar diagnosis. Everyday is a battle with myself, but I find so much strength through the friends I have made here on Vingle. Thank you to all of you. I encourage you to step out of the mental health closet - comment about your own struggles and triumphs, make your own card (please tag me!!), or if you are not comfortable with either of those, feel free to send me a private message. Also, if you have any questions about my disorders/issues don't be afraid to ask - I will answer them as best I can. Let's get rid of the stigma that surrounds mental health issues and start a supportive conversation. I am more than a little nervous about how this card will be recieved (and TBH if I wasn't on a high right now I probably wouldn't be doing this - I tend to do a lot of things I wouldn't otherwise when I am on a high... Yay bipolar -_- ) Please be kind in your comments both to me and others, mental health issues are nothing to be ashamed of or ridiculed, and I want this to be a place (card) where people can feel accepted and comfortable.
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*phew*.... well, here goes nothing...