There is this notion that we feel we have to prove our love to other people. One of the themes of my life right now is, "Love is not asking us to prove our worth, but to accept it."
Soon after Chris died, I knew I wanted to do "something" to honour Chris's memory and bring attention to mental health. I became aware that there wasn't open, candid conversation after losing a child or anyone to suicide. This was the beginning of the idea of the video, Behind the Curtain – How we Survive with my friend, Nancy Hiron.
My name is Vishalatchi Arunagiri and I was diagnosed with schizophrenia two years ago. I did not realize that I had this mental illness and at first could not accept it. Is this reality or fantasy? I was experiencing intense delusions that felt so real, it was not possible that it was a fantasy. But now I have come a long way and can tell the differences between reality and fantasy and I want to share some of my experiences.
It's always hard to know where to start. So much has happened over my 20 years of suffering that the complication of the disorders I experience seem too much to put into words. But I know I have to, I have to so others don't feel so alone.
Tommy Rosen’s book, Recovery 2.0: Move Beyond Addiction and Upgrade Your Life, is an autobiographical account
My panic attacks were frequently about being late. Tardiness worried me to no end. Whether it was for work or friends or family, to be late was to be an awful person.
In high school, my friends were my rocks. They always understood the things I was going through (the best they could) and were there at the drop of a hat if I needed them.
Things I don't like that have been said to me about my mental illness
1. You just over-exaggerate, you need to move on.
3. You'll never get through this, you're too weak.
4. What's wrong with you?