What My Mental Illness has Taught Me

Hey, Nerdy Peeps! I know this post is coming to you a day late, but Thursday was a busy and fun-filled day for me and time ran out to make a post. I am making up for it today though, with a what my mental illness has taught me!

Education on mental illness is important…

A lot of people don’t understand what mental illness is, so I have learned the best thing to do is help them understand. If you educate people on what you go through it helps them understand how your mental illness affects your daily life. Now, some people will understand and some just won’t. Those are the people who usually say “it’s all in your head.” I have a post on the phrases I hate that you can check out here.

I don’t have to be perfect…

This is a big one for me. I am nowhere near perfect, no matter how much my anxiety needs me to be. I make mistakes just like everyone else, and I am learning that it’s ok.

Take it one day at a time…

It takes one day at a time to fully function with mental illness. I take a lot of small steps to get through one day of anxiety and depression, and I do my best to get through it without any episodes.

I am not damaged…

This is one thing I have to remind myself pretty much on a daily basis. Just because I live with mental illness does not make me damaged. I am the same girl I have always been, but now I have a little more speed bumps I have to hurdle over. See, my mental illness hasn’t always been an issue until I was in my late teens. From there it got worse.

Medications can help… (but it’s not for everyone.)

Since my mental illness was getting worse, I was convinced by my hubby to talk to my doctor about it. My doctor suggested taking a medication to help me regulate my mental health. And thank God she did, because it has been the biggest help and I have felt a little more like myself.  Check out the post on this topic here!

What my mental illness has taught me

These are the most important things my mental illness has taught me. Every day is a big fight, but I do my best to get through it and take a win over my anxiety and depression.  Life is not as easy as I would like it to be, but it’s my life and honestly, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Yes, I fight a daily struggle with my anxiety and depression, but I fight. I mean sometimes I am shocked I get out of bed, but hey I do it!

If you have a mental illness, what is something it has taught you?


  1. Katisha @ Reel Literature July 15, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    I hate when people say “It’s all in your head” when referring to mental illness because they would never say that to someone who had a cold or allergies. It’s definitely important that we get rid of the stigma associated with mental illness, and education is such an important part of that.

    1. NerdyBookLife July 15, 2017 at 1:28 pm

      Right! I feel like there just isn’t enough education on mental illness

  2. Jackie July 15, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    I relate to every last word of this post. Thank you for making it very clear. I feel is describe it quite scattered. Thank you for this post. Because it is always always wonderful to know that others can relate to you. I look forward to your posts i love the way they are written.


    1. NerdyBookLife July 15, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      Thanks and I love that it’s helping You!

  3. Amanda July 18, 2017 at 7:18 am

    I think this is great. I especially like the part about educating people. I find it to hard sometimes to explain to people about what I am going through when I am right in the middle of it. Afterwards I am much better. It’s hard to get people to understand what you’re going through sometimes. Thank you for this piece.

    1. NerdyBookLife July 18, 2017 at 8:32 am

      Anytime! And there’s definitely not enough education on mental illness and I want to change that!

  4. MamaSavesALot July 20, 2017 at 9:13 am

    One thing I will never say to someone who is suffering is “Count your blessings.” I remember that being said to me in my darkest hours and, although trying to be helpful, it felt cold and callous. I thought to myself “Don’t you think if I COULD be happy, I would? Don’t you think that if it were THAT simple, I would have done it already?” I don’t fault my family, since they had no experience with the kind of illness I had. I did learn that God gave me Postpartum OCD and depressing and a big mouth for a reason. Love to you.

    1. NerdyBookLife July 20, 2017 at 9:21 am

      Thanks! It’s not an easy struggle but I fight hard to get through my battle. My family doesn’t quite understand but I hope they will get there some day.

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