Support is a word constantly used in the mental health world. We are told to “make sure you have a support network in place” and to “reach out for support during difficult times.” While this advice is truly essential, it does not define what “support” really means. Is it asking someone to help with grocery shopping or seeking advice from a mental health professional?
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other forms of traumatic stress can make life incredibly difficult and unpredictable. Intrusive thoughts and flashbacks can just show up without a moment’s notice, affecting your ability to function.
Having a mental illness is a challenge that countless people experience in their lifetimes. Some are lucky enough to find peace with their disorder, potentially including a medication regimen that works for them. Others never find solace, and many are unfortunately lost to suicide.