I won’t sugar coat it. Lately life has been pretty rough with school, work and just in general. It seems like everything is piling up all at once and like nothing is ever going to get any better.

Of course, I always say that until it actually does get better.

I have never been one to shy away from mental health topics, especially not the topic of my own mental health. When I was 20 years old I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, which was not a shock to me in the slightest, and for a while I was on medication to help balance me out. However, I eventually decided to take myself off of my medication, which is something you should never do without consulting your doctor first.

At first I was not quite sure why I was writing this in the first place. I guess it was a form of venting for me. The other reason I’m writing this is that I want to make it clear that it is perfectly OK to not always be OK. Life can be one disaster after another and we should all feel comfortable enough to talk openly about what is bothering us without the fear of being judged for it.

This year, Oct. 7 marks the beginning of Mental Illness Awareness week, commonly known as Mental Health Awareness week. I have decided to use the week as a springboard to taking back my own mental health and finally get the help I have so desperately needed for a while now.

My hope for this important week is that it will inspire someone to take back control of their life and to finally start living the life they deserve.

ALEX BLADES is a blogger for The Vidette. He can be reached at cablade@ilstu.edu

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