First, struggling with your mental health or being diagnosed with a mental illness doesn't make you somehow weak or broken. However, it can increase the likelihood that you'll close yourself off from others for fear of being judged, mocked or unfriended, which can lead to feelings of less than and loneliness. Which just compounds the problem.
Please keep in mind, not everyone is worthy of your story. Definitely be choosy with who you open up to. I believe in earning my spot to witness someone's personal truth which led to a friend (who was diagnosed with a depressive disorder) to share her story with me and give permission to share snippets with all of you. The symptoms of her depression sometimes included isolating herself from friends, coworkers and family. In turn, dealing with feelings of isolation led to more depression and deeper anxiety. It was a cycle she felt trapped in that, thankfully, she was eventually able to balance and manage. You can too.
Do I Have Spiritual Abilities?
While talking with her I was reminded of multiple people who have called me to ask if they are mediums, psychics or empaths or if they have a mental disorder. In many cases, it is both. There is a mental disorder that requires a trained mental health worker to address. I recommend addressing the mental health issue FIRST before developing your spiritual abilities. Prayer and meditation are things I advise to bolster your spirituality while symbiotically following medical advice that may include medication, talk therapy and following through on other guidance from a therapist or mental health professionals.
Many have told me they don't want to open up to their spiritual abilities because they don't want to be seen as crazy to which I respond, "surrender the stigma and degrading word choice." When you have no judgment about being neurologically diverse and the mental health journey to wellbeing that we all take, then it won't matter much what others think. Healing the prejudice, bias or judgment that you have about other's mental states will help you accept your own. This is really the key to help you see yourself fully and open up to your Goddess-given gifts.
Support is Available
See a therapist or counselor. Talking to someone about how you are feeling can be very beneficial and you can learn proven strategies with support to implement them. It’s important to remember that there are a lot of people who feel very similar to how you feel. You are never alone! Make sure you are being informed by credible sources and research who and which program, person, and technique works best for you. You might have to try multiple things until you get it right.
Asking for HELP
Your task is simply to be brave enough to reach out and ask for help. H.E.L.P. is short for requesting to be:
- Heard (listened to with the full measure of one's soul)
- Eyed (seen without judgment for who you are, where you are and your wants/needs)
- Loved (accepted and honored just as you are)
- Pieced Together (someone speaks into your soul who you are or models your true soul's nature that remind you of your greatness)
There will always be someone God has placed on the planet who wants to support you, whether it’s a friend, family member, mentor, medium, psychic advisor, healer, minister or a phone or text support service, your doctor, etc.
But it all starts with you!