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As women, from birth we are often told to be the epitome of beauty, virginity, purity, and ladylike behavior. We have to keep our virtue, otherwise it will bring shame to the family. People will assume that you were in the wrong for wearing certain clothes, for talking to the opposite sex, for being out past dusk, when the opposite is true for men.
Ever since I came out to my family about my depression and anxiety a year ago, I never fail to forget the struggle it took to get them to accept my illness. I grew up in an average Muslim household in a community that was fairly conservative in terms of culture and religion. No one talked about mental illness. If you did, you were ‘one of the crazies’ and pretty much everyone around you would shun you.
A new year is upon us - let's ring in the New Year with a new mindset, remembering that we have the power to change ourselves and our environments.
Everyone is getting together, buying presents, cooking meals, and getting up close and personal. It can be a stressful time for most people, however, those suffering with anxiety, depression, or any other form of mental illness have a particularly difficult challenge to face.
"Don't look at me like that. I'm not crazy. I'm not insane. Just get me out of here, I don't belong in a prison you call a psychiatric ward."