So, I just finished reading Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher, and it was actually a really great book! One thing that i really loved was open and honest she was about her life. She spoke so openly about her friend dying beside her in bed, and about how she used drugs to numb her intense emotions. Granted, I don’t agree with a lot of what happened in her life (I don’t do drugs or drink, so the idea of my mom coming to me at age 13 and telling me to smoke up with her was incredibly strange), but that isn’t the point.
The point is that this woman is not only an amazing storyteller, but also shows one of the truest signs of overcoming your problems:
The ability to talk openly and laugh about them!
This then got me thinking about how great it was to hear someone be able to be so free, and so open. And also, how great it felt to just know someone is out there talking about their mental illness and making waves in our culture!
And so then I set out to find other celebrities who have been open about mental illness (whether it be PTSD, panic, anxiety, depression), and some of the things I found were a bit shocking!
And the answer is, shockingly few. I found a few articles on HuffPost and Buzzed and stuff, where a celebrity says they get “anxiety” (cough cough) about something every once in a while or some other kind of bullshit like that, but none of it seemed to be what I live through. For me, depression and anxiety are these massive weights that pull me down everyday. They are always there and always trying to ruin me. That is why Wishful Drinking was such a great read. It wasn’t Amanda Seyfried talking for one paragraph about how she sometimes get upset thinking about her son possibly dying or something. It was real, life-destroying mental problems, and I loved reading it!
So there needs to be more talk about this stuff I think. Mental problems of all kinds: Depression, PTSD, Anxiety, Bi-Polar, Panic, all of it! We need role models out there telling their stories. Telling us it’s going to be ok. Letting us know there is a life outside our issues. I hope to be one of those voices someday. I know it will be a rough and long road, but there is a severe lack of this kind of talk in our society, I hope to change that!
- So what do you guys think? Where do you stand with how society views mental illness and do you think we need more role models? Or do you know of any great stories about mental illness to read? Feel free to tell me everything in the comments!
~ The Dark Horse
(This was like 10% proofread! ya baby ya!)