A common theme I’ve noticed in everyday life is this idea many close-minded people have, that if you haven’t personally experienced something in your life, it must not exist or be factual. This is something that people who suffer from a mental health disorder have to deal with frequently. As someone who has dealt with anxiety and OCD for many years, it can be frustrating when someone tells you that what you are experiencing is all in your head. It’s quite simply, something you have created. It can be even more frustrating when someone you love, such as a significant other or family member tells you these things.
Unfortunately, I have experienced this in my own life, read about this, and have had multiple people in my circles tell me they’ve encountered this too. Mental health is not something that should be taken lightly and yet this issue is so often left alone by people who just don’t understand it. I have frequently been on the other end of conversations where someone without a mental health disorder or emerging symptoms of a disorder, wants me to explain why I have anxiety and what causes panic attacks when they arise. This can either be simple, or it can be complicated.
Most often, it gets complicated due to the fact that many people who suffer from these disorders, don’t have a concrete reason or cause for their symptoms. Instead of diminishing the severity of it because the person we love is having a hard time explaining it, we as people should be able to do our own research to better equip ourselves for when these situations arise.