It’s the only thing we can be sure will happen in our lives. Some may never find love, some may never travel, some may never understand Donnie Darko (seriously, that movie makes no sense) – but all of us will die. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow – but it’s going to happen. Sheldon Cooper once said on The Big Bang Theory, “Mourning the inevitable is a complete waste of time,” which is true. We can’t sit and live our lives thinking about that unavoidable end to all of our stories, but at the same time – it’s scary as fuck. I sometimes sit by myself and if the thought of that little voice in my head just one day stopping creeps in, I freak. I panic. I can’t. This isn’t uncommon though. Lena Dunham noted it in her memoir, Not That Kind of Girl, “I think a fair amount about that fact that we’re all going to die. It occurs to me at incredibly inappropriate moments.” She’s not the only one, Felicia Day lamented about it in You’re Never Weird On the Internet (Almost), “I was going to die someday. I was going to END.” At that point she realized she had to do something more with her life.
When you think of mental disorders and illnesses, what ones come to mind? When I was younger I likely would’ve just said bipolar or schizophrenia because those are the biggies you’d hear about back in the 90’s when I was growing up. Now we’re opening up more as a whole to talk about a ton more including depression, anxiety and more. So in no particular order, here are ten mental illnesses adults are dealing with today.
One of the most used cliches out there is “I don’t care if it’s a boy or girl, just so long as they’re healthy.” This is of course is in relation to when you ask expecting parents about the sex of their upcoming release. As cliche as it sounds, TLC – the channel and not the amazing girl group – made me think twice about that. Watching it you see all these kids with insane deformities that make their lives and hospital bills dismal. Then of course there’s this special about the little girl with schizophrenia in which her parents were often times fearful of their own child. That’s when that cliche about health gets real. Dealing with a physical problem is one thing, but a mental one that you may never be able to grasp? Fast forward to when they’re adults and I can only look to Orange is the New Black in which a few characters’ tales touch on that idea of living with something going on in their mind that led them down a darker path than most.
Again, go through whatever social media it is that you prefer and you will find one, two, 26 people talking about their anxiety. I’m not sure why my generation has become the most anxious of the bunch, but it’s kind of interesting and annoying all at the same time. Now, when people have anxiety to the point that it’s pushing them to be 51/50 – then by all means, I’m not going to judge – but those of us who find a phone call to cause our hearts to pulsate at an extreme rate? What the hell is wrong with us? I honestly think it’s because we’re a cascade of first world problem kids who have nothing to really worry about, so that has caused the littlest things to make us freak out.
She was 15-years-old when she realized something was going on with her. In hindsight her attention to detail in Harley Quinn from the Batman realm made her see her behaviors and thoughts differently. 19 today, this California woman opened the door and let us into what it’s been like for her living with depression on a number of levels – from her father not really getting it to her sound advice to others out there.