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One in five Americans deals with some type of mental illness according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Listen to these individuals who deal with mental illness and you will hear stories of how we are challenged daily in dealing with our depression and anxieties — from comments from the people who we call family to the bullying we receive from others who simply don’t understand what we go through with our sickness.
Well, how the tables have turned. I would like to talk to anyone who is having a hard time dealing with 2021 and the effects of 2020. You will quickly see how you have become the victim, and understand the role you have put on those of us with mental illness to play.
In fact, carry on a conversation with any upset American and you will think you are talking to any of the more than 51.9 million people who deal with some type of depression or anxiety.
For instance, we battle the thoughts of being overlooked and not being heard. That’s what I hear from people who are still trying to get justice for what they call a “stolen election” by the far left.
These proponents of justice are screaming daily in an attempt to be heard. They want someone to step up and do something about their plight. They want something to be done in a situation that seems to be unfair.
Welcome to our world of mental illness.
Every day, we watch and deal with how life may treat us unfairly. We wonder why it seems others are able to just enjoy life while we are fighting for ours. Sound familiar?
From politics to the covid epidemic, you have a movement that is working overtime into “bullying” you into submitting to what they want from you whether you agree with it or not. What was once a 15-day mask mandate has turned into the loss of jobs if you don’t surrender your arm for a shot.
Forget what experts say and just listen to what “they” are telling you. They make you feel less American, like an outright racist or a terrible human being, if you don’t do what they say to do.
They don’t care if it makes you sick just as long as you comply. Welcome to the world of mental illness.
We are daily fighting against the bullies in our lives who are telling us to suck it up and just get over it. They tell us to quit feeling sorry for ourselves and to make up our minds to be better than what believe we are capable of becoming on our own.
They don’t care about our struggle just as long as we comply to live the life they have chosen for us.
So now that this year has you walking a few miles in our shoes, how does it make you feel?
To know that you have something to say but no one is listening?
To know that you are being bullied by your peers just to satisfy their beliefs while not caring about how it makes you feel?
How does it feel to sit back and take in the news of the day to realize that this world is getting worse and not better? And there is absolutely nothing you can do about it?
Those of us who deal with mental illness are asking the general public these questions because this is how we live each day.
We are fighting every moment to stay alive. We are looking for a glimmer of hope every single day. While it feels like we are unable to change our surroundings, we work on changing ourselves.
It seems the far left has a slogan that says, “Just get over it and do as we say.” And while you are uncomfortable just sitting around submitting to what they are dealing out each day, we who have mental illness are tired of it as well.
So when you learn how to get over what this world is telling you how to live in 2021, please share your secrets with us. We would love to hear how you are coping with a political illness that is causing you to lose hope.
Mickey Bell is a comedian, encourager, and author of the book “Reverse The Course Of Depression: The Self-Help Guide to Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression and Living Daily with a Sound Mind, a step-by-step guide in handling the emotions the come with the disease”. He is a full-time comedian who travels the world using the gift of laughter to help battle the mental illness epidemic.
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