I skirt around the cusp of speaking more intimately of mental illness. I’ve learned 48% of humans will experience it, or bouts of it, in a recent TED x video on mental health and well-being. Numbers do not unfortunately breed societal acceptance. Losing friends, jobs; all can be dire results of “opening up” about problems like anxiety. The lack of peer, even familial, understanding can break a person who is experiencing the pain of mental illness.
Oh, to project an image of wellness! When underneath the human system fights to function “normally”.
And still I skirt. I feel that naming the beast may not necessarily tame it; on the contrary, it will make it even more dangerous.