Why Not Me?
Posted by dirkgently1066
27th Aug 2014

A collection of my own self help mantras and observational tweets, inspired by my mental health recovery.

#depression is wrong. I can do whatever I set my mind to. Belief comes from within. I choose to believe. He will not beat me

Looking backwards or forwards can sometimes be pleasant,
But straddling the past and future means you piss on the present.

Just think; wherever you are in the world and whatever you do, chances are that someone you know is affected by #mentalillness #1in4

You are not weak. You are not flawed. You are not broken.
And you are not alone.

I have suffered from #mentalillness. I can choose to let this fact define me. Or, I can choose to let it inspire me.

Depression & anxiety stole my confidence, self worth, energy, enthusiasm & compassion.
Well I'm taking them back. I'm taking them all back.

#depression is...being in a room full of people, yet feeling utterly alone #mentalillness

Anxiety is...double and triple checking for any mistakes, then obsessing over the ones you didn't find.

#depression is...seeing only grey in a world full of colour.

Anxiety elastic band at full stretch that cannot relax and so will inevitably break.

You may never be 'cured' of #depression. But with patience, understanding and kindness to yourself you can get better and stay better.

You must become the change you want to see.

Just think, all those times I said 'it's driving me mental' were actually true #depression

#depression causes me to make poor choices. #anxiety ensures that I endlessly regret them #mentalillness

#mindfulness is...knowing that the most important thing I can give my children is also the simplest and costs nothing - time.

#Anxiety is...the cycle of doubt and regret even when the decision made was correct.

#Anxiety is...that voice that says I must relax, I must relax, I must relax...

It is easy to underestimate the power of words, until we hear the right ones.

Someone you know may be struggling with #mentalillness right now. You don't have to fix. You don't even have to understand. Just listen.

#depression is not about feeling sad. At its worst, it is about feeling nothing at all #mentalillness #stopstigma

'What's he got to be diabetic about?' Doesn't make any sense does it. #Depression isn't a mood or state of mind. It's an illness #stopstigma

#Anxiety is not feeling a bit stressed or 'needing to chill out'.

#Anxiety is a perpetual state of heightened awareness. Like a kettle constantly at boiling point with no off switch.

But #anxiety can be overcome by changing our behaviours and breaking the pattern of destructive negative thinking errors.

#Depression made me believe doors of opportunity were closed to me forever. @PrioryGroup helped me understand I just needed to find the key.

#Depression made me think, 'why me?' Recovery helped me ask, 'why not me?' #selfpub #mentalillness

The irony of #depression is that those who need help the most are the ones least likely to ask for it #mentalillness

The road to recovery from #mentalillness can be a little bumpy. Sometimes it helps to have someone walk alongside.

I am not mentally ill. I have suffered from #mentalillness. It is an important distinction, to understand that I can CHANGE.

You can't change the past any more than see the future. But the here and now is a gift, that's why it's called the present #mindfulness

#Anxiety wants to make me believe there is always something else I should be doing. #Mindfulness reminds me simply to live in the now.

#Anxiety exacerbates errors, tells you that you're a failure. But this is a negative bias. Choose to ignore it. You are in control.

Negative thoughts are like rain clouds. Allow them to pass. It can't rain all the time #mentalillness #depression

#Depression is like pot holes in the road of life. You can't always avoid them but when you do hit one, keep going on your journey.

Do not presume to know the mind of others #anxiety

Be careful not to label yourself. You are not a fixed state, you can become the change you wish to see #mentalhealth #healingwords

#depression can come over you like a creeping fog. Before you know it, you can't see where you're going and don't know which way to turn.

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