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Posted on: August 24, 2018 at 2:29 pm
Last updated: October 17, 2018 at 9:51 am

Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. is living with some form of mental illness. For these people, just getting out of bed can be the hardest thing to do. Then comes the basic tasks like brushing your teeth and changing your clothes to look presentable to the outside world…all the while, you are fighting the urge to crawl back into bed.

If you’re living with a mental illness, you’re already aware of how exhausting it is to complete even the most mundane tasks. This perpetual state of exhaustion can be confusing to friends and family who don’t truly understand what it’s like living with a mental illness.

Enlightening Post About Mental Illness Goes Viral

PJ Palits, a 22-year art director, and mental health advocate shared an enlightening thread on her Twitter feed describing why people with mental illness often say they’re tired. The post, which was to raise awareness about living with mental illness, immediately went viral.

 

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PJ kicks it off by explaining the response she gives when people ask her why she looks tired…

“Drained…”

People with mental illness can’t sleep because their mind won’t shut off…

Brain drain…

People with mental illness struggle to like/love themselves…

Mental Illness Stigma…

Awareness itself is great, but to become overly conscious of your settings, all your little movements, and behaviors can be debilitating…

Sensory Overload…

Talking to people when you have a mental illness can be difficult.  You may feel you lack the social skills needed to connect with people…

Coping with bothersome side-effects…

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Everyday war with your brain…

Body in Dis-Ease…

Reach out…

See Beyond…

Take Away

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Mental illness affects so many of us, even people who you’d least expect are battling with some form of mental illness. It truly is a debilitating and undetectable disease. However, the stigma surrounding mental illness is slowly starting to dissolve. Though we still have miles to go, posts like PJ’s help us understand a little more about what other people (including ourselves) are going through – and most importantly, they remind us that we are not alone.

For more of PJ’s insights into mental illness, check out some of her other posts here

 

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