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You have a mental illness. It’s scary.

People have stigma about crazy folk. You don’t want to tell anyone. You don’t want it to be true.

PTSD.
Depression.
Bipolar disorder.
Schizophrenia.
Panic disorder.

Whatever it is.

&

Hospitalization. MULTIPLE hospitalizations.
Outpatient programs.
Arrests.
Dropping out.
Maxing out credit cards. All of them.
Losing: jobs, lovers, partners. Your sense of self.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

I’ve been there, in a lot of ways, and in the ways that I haven’t, others have been, too.

You are not broken beyond repair.
You are worth fighting for.
I am rooting for you every day.

We can do this.

You are not alone.

UPDATE: The lovely Jo from The Darling Tree has whipped up a gorgeous PDF for printing, posting, and sharing of this post, made available as a free download.

Esme-PDFThis is what it looks like. Isn’t it splendiferous?