Simone Biles made the brave choice to not compete in some of the Olympic gymnastics. She made this choice for her mental health. Biles prioritized her mental health first and new that she was not able to perform her best. Her decision shocked many and caused some people to support and others to criticize. For me, I support Simone Biles and I am proud of her. She prioritized her mental health, she new that she was not at 100%. It did not surprise me that there were negative comments said, as I, myself have gotten rude comments due to my own mental health. I am the same age as Simone Biles and have suffered for years in quiet.
From a young age I suffered with social anxiety.
I struggled with being able to socialize with other children my own age. I could not really make friends. To this day, social anxiety has caused me to stop going places, and even canceling events. I have gone to many parties where the whole time I was in corner and barely spoke a word to anyone. I remember times when I would zone out and find it hard to concentrate. I have been in the middle of talking to people and I will just zone out. My social anxiety has also caused me to quit jobs. Yes, I am getting therapy (Yes, it is helping).
The first time I had depression was when I was in high school. I have been through different things in my life that has really affected me and when I was in high school, I would barely go out. I would mainly just want to sleep and lay in bed all day. It was hard for me to do anything. I had a lack of motivation to do anything and to go anywhere. I have had a few episodes of depression as an adult and it has been hard.
I have had anxiety for as long as I can remember. Something could happen and I would not stop thinking about it and constantly worrying. It would replay in my mind; conversations and things that have happened and I would try to figure out what was wrong and I would preplan everything. I have had anxiety attacks, yes this has been embarrassing when this happened at work, school, or church. I have had such bad anxiety that I have been seen talking to myself in the past. I have constantly fatigued, where I have to take naps daily, trouble sleeping at night, and muscle tension where my back feels constantly very tight.
Most of the time, sadly it was adults that would make fun of me. For the most part the adults around me just ignored my mental health needs. When I worked at a few jobs my co workers would just say, “Oh, your so silly, Deborah.” They would talk bad about me behind my back about my mental health problems and say things like, “The only thing she can do is fold jeans.” Reading and seeing the response to Simone Biles triggered the bad memories of how people have said hurtful things to me about my mental health. I wish more people would understand and learn about mental health. There are things you should and should not say. There are ways to help people with mental health problems and there are ways you could hurt them. Thank you Simone Biles for standing up and speaking out. I am proud of you and thank you for educating and bringing awareness to metal health.
Note: I am not a medical professional, this is just a blog and opinion piece. Please seek real professional help.
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