It’s that time of year again!! A to Z is just over a week away and today is theme reveal day. I found out about A to Z the day it started last year. I was a new blogger and thought it was a good way to meet people, so I jumped in. It was a lot of fun and I met wonderful people who are still my bloggy friends today. I did make it to the end, but not without some struggle.
Writing a post every day is not easy and some letters are really hard to write about! This year, I decided to plan ahead. I would research topics and write posts ahead of time. Have I done that? No. Life has inevitably gotten in the way. I will be flying by the seat of pants through A to Z for another year. My theme this year is….
I know, I know, I did the same theme last year. I’m giving myself a real challenge though. I’m not going to reuse anything I did last year. Eeek!! My stomach is doing flips just trying to imagine what I’m going to write about for Q, X and Y!
Why write about mental health? Well, because it is important, duh!! Everyone at some point in life experiences problems with mental health. It can be anything from stress or low self-esteem to psychosis or suicide. The more we talk about it, the more we all understand and the better we relate to each other. The best way to eradicate mental health stigma is through education.
Now, I am not a mental health professional, or a doctor of any sort. Well, maybe that’s not true. I am an almost doctor…a Ph.D. candidate, but I study eyes, not mental health. That is beside the point though. I have experience with mental health. I have a variety of diagnoses, but to make a long story short, I have depression or Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), if you want to be formal. I have had signs and symptoms since childhood and have been getting treatment for the last 9 years. The plan for A to Z is to share my experience with mental health and what I have learned. You may laugh, you may cry, but you’ll be entertained and you’ll learn something. I think that is the most important part. 🙂