Mental health disorders are so heavily stigmatized in our culture, but that doesn't change how they can feel: debilitating, all-consuming, soul-crushing. For women with serious mental health issues, navigating daily life is a whole different conversation. Getting out of bed can be a challenge. Having a casual discussion with a coworker feels like too much. Trying to get through dinner can be overwhelming. Simple day-to-day tasks that others might take for granted can seem insurmountable to a woman battling mental illness — so how do they cope?
The topic was recently discussed on Reddit, where women truthfully and candidly shared their own demons, and how they fight daily to not let them win. So much more effort goes into this than I think many of us realize. It's not even really a day-to-day fight — it's hour-to-hour. One minute, you might be fine. The next, you might crumble into a million pieces with no warning. It's exhausting and discouraging, but they march on.
Everyone has their own personal approach. Some women have found a way to get through the day relatively unscathed; others are still in the midst of it, trying to find their way through. One thing is for certain, though: they're all stronger than they might realize.