Exposed ~ Discussing Mental Illness on the Web

via Daily Prompt: Exposed

Exposed. If there is one thing that I feel while discussing mental illness on the web, it’s exposed. Not that the reception has not been kind, generous, and understanding. But it feels so strange to be discussing both spirituality and mental illness, together, without starting an argument. Without receiving backlash, patronizing comments, or sheer ignorance. Whenever I’ve discussed these topics before, I felt as if I was being punished for doing so.

Now, however, I’ve found a gentler platform. A safe place (if such a thing exists on the web) wherein I can discuss topics that for so long have been taboo and ‘wrong’ to discuss. Yet even with all this kindness around me, I still feel exposed.

I still feel raw and open to everyone as I discuss my thoughts, my private theories, and my intimately strange experiences between me and my condition. I keep expecting to receive hate and scorn at any moment. Because of this, I scour my posts over and over to make sure my arguments are as waterproof as can be. I reread and reread them to make sure they’ve got a disclaimer on them.

I wish writing about such things was not as stressful as it is. I wish I didn’t feel like I’m writing in a minefield waiting to erupt. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. I feel as if one word, light like a feather, will land in the wrong place and start a war.

6 Comments

  1. Joss says:

    I have the same doubts, and sometimes internally flinch when I see a comment from a new person. However, the people here haven’t been anything but amazing and kind.

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    1. I know right? The people on WordPress are amazing!

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  2. I commend that courage that takes you to the place to be vulnerable and exposed to spark a conversation that deserves a spotlight.

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    1. Awww. Thank you ❤ that means a lot to me

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  3. It can be intimidating to expose our vulnerabilities online, but I think you should be commended for contributing to a more universal understanding of mental illness. Though I don’t always write on this topic, I am very prone to depression and anxiety and the things I’ve found written about it here make me feel less and less like some kind of social pariah, and when I do address it on my blog, I feel more and more comfortable doing so every day. But you are correct: the things I will say to my blog readers are things that I would never dare post on Facebook or any sort of anarchic venue like that.

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    1. Aww, thank you! I’m so glad my blog makes you feel better. Yes, it takes practice and experience to put ourselves out there… And Facebook is NOT the place for it….thank you for your kind words x) this made me so so happy.

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