By Rose Osman
How many of you are experiencing Anxiety and/or Depression but you stay silent for the fear of being judged? I was one of them. When I was in my early 20s, I had to go to a psychiatric. After I registered my name, I left and didn’t wait for my name to be called. There was a huge shame in me. I felt like I was being judged by the clinic staffs even though I knew the judgement came from myself. In my mind, the voice was loud, “look at you, so young to get depressed”.
I left because I couldn’t handle the shame. 10 years later (circa 2011-2012), I took some courage and walked into a psychiatric department and had my first counselling session with the psychiatrist. The diagnosis was Excessive Anxiety. I healed from it within three months with minimum intake of medication.
Suppose I didn’t have that shame when I walked into the psychiatric department in 2001? If you feel the same, have you asked yourself why?
It’s time to talk about Mental Illnesses openly
To help individuals and society heal from mental illness is to accept that there is nothing negative from experiencing these painful illnesses. What we want is to let individuals who suffer from these challenges to speak up and connect with the society. In return, that society (family, friends, organisations, workplace and etc) must communicate back with support and understanding. Remember that the nature of anxiety and depression is isolation. That is why speaking up gives us potential healing. It creates a momentum to neutralise the pain carried by anxiety and depression.
We are living in a tribal and collective field. Avoid being judgemental because it can be felt heavily on individuals. One million people that have the same judgement are equal to one million judgments. Therefore, it is difficult for an individual to heal when he/she is being judged for experiencing a chemical imbalance in the brain.