Living with mental illness colors everything in life.
It is often extremely stressful and exhausting. Sometimes living with mental illness means wondering what it would be like to be happy–to be free.
It’s hoping for someone to hear you say, I’m okay,” but squeeze you tight and call your bluff. You long to be happy, but life with mental illness is a constant inner voice that whispers, “You don’t deserve happiness.”
Mental illness has a million different faces, but this is my experience.