Don't Hide: Talk about Mental Illness

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Something Something has a very moving post about hiding mental illness; how easy it is sometimes to fool the people around you into believing that all is fine when all is definitely not. The post is a call to speak up, a story about what happens when you finally do. It isn't all hugs and unicorns, but Something Something gives a panoramic view of the good and the bad, both of which are reasons to not keep mental illness to yourself.

On rainy days, my sister and I would play hide and go seek. I was really good at finding obscure places and squeezing into them.

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As I grew older, I got good at hiding other things like booze from my parents and my first tattoo.

And then there was that one thing that I masterfully hid behind a beautiful ordinary smile.

Postpartum depression and it’s successor, bipolar disorder.

Please read Something Something's wonderful post.

What has been your reaction when you've been on the receiving end or the telling end of talking about mental illness?

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Image: Miki Yoshihito via Flickr

Melissa writes Stirrup Queens and Lost and Found. Her novel about blogging is Life from Scratch.

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