I planned to write a post today about how difficult it can be to travel when you have OCD, but I spent the day traveling and I’m worn out. So expect that post sometime in the next day or two.
Instead, I’d like to share a great post I read today from No Points for Style about dealing with special needs and the need to be heard. Adrienne (the writer) has a son with special needs and in this post, she writes about how difficult it was when she didn’t feel heard. She also discusses how things changed once she was heard and why that is important.
I found this to be significant to what I write about, because I feel the same way with OCD (and I believe it’s the same for most people with mental illnesses). Society doesn’t recognize our illnesses as serious or real as other illnesses. So we are expected to keep our mouths shut on the issue and pretend like everything is fine. We have shrinks with whom to talk, so why talk to other people about our problems, right? It’s just easier to stay quiet. We don’t want to bother people with our neuroses.
Except that doesn’t do us any good. Staying quiet only keeps up isolated, feeling along. It also keeps everyone else from understanding mental illness.
We need to be heard, both for our sake and for your sake. So please, please listen.