I’ve taken a few days to read other’s comments about the leaked photos and collect my thoughts on the issues raised, and present them as follows, should you be interested in reading these. I’ve taken care to choose my words, so I ask that if you do read them and disagree with me, that you do so respectfully. Thank you.
Stephen Fry: Always the voice of reason.
Things I ought to remember.
God Bless you Stephen Fry. A mental illness is the same as a physical illness and should be treated as such. It’s time people realised this.
My advice is to get help — to find a good therapist and figure out what works for you.
For me: I take medication daily and have for many years. I also try to exercise a lot, because there’s some evidence that exercise lessens the symptoms of anxiety, and I try to use the strategies that I’ve learned in cognitive behavioral therapy to cope with my illness. But it’s a chronic illness and it hasn’t, like, gone into remission or anything for me. It’s something I live with, something that I’ve integrated into my life. And we all have to integrate stuff into our lives, whether it’s mental illness or physical disability or whatever.
There is hope. There is treatment. You are not alone, and while I know the struggle feels at times completely hopeless and futile, there is a far shore for the vast majority of people, and I wish you the best.
In his Reddit AMA, author John Green answers a reader’s question about living with depression and anxiety. Pair with this excellent read on our culture and costs of anxiety, then see how mood science offers a new understanding of depression.
Also see Green’s superb advice to aspiring writers and creators of all stripes.
We’ll just leave this here.
Moms always know how to build your self esteem.