Mental illnesses affect more people than we think


Olympic Swimming (Flickr/Atos)

I never considered an athlete to have a mental illness or an eating disorder. I just figured that they were perfect and were trained to not be affected by silly things like disorders and mental illnesses because it would make them weaker or something. I understand that pressure can make even the most sane person do something crazy but I just didn’t think athletes were in that boat.

A swimmer for the University of Michigan went through a mental illness as well as an eating disorder (kind of the same thing, kind of not). Eating disorders could be categorized as a mental illness but a mental illness is more than that, think of chronic anxiety that eats at you every second of the day or schizophrenia.

She overcame her illness with the help of counselors hired by the university and therapy sessions. That isn’t always the best option for people who suffer from these illnesses. Money is a terrible thing; it keeps people from getting necessary things like therapy or medical treatment.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Someone is available to talk 24/7 and they also offer a live chat online.

Remember that whatever you’re going through won’t last forever and you’re not alone.


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