I really love being able to let it all go. My thoughts, whether through writing a short paragraph, photographs, or poetry, or in some cases, a long drawn out essay format. I would like to share one thing I am very passionate about. I have an issue about the stigma against mental illness. Every single person has a brain, a liver, a vascular system, a heart, and all the other body organs that must function properly in order for us to live life to the fullest. I have suffered miserably with anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder to a degree that others do not have the capacity to understand. I have been told, “It is all in your head”, “can’t you just control it”, “just cut it off”, “stop thinking about it”. Well, I have been blessed to finally be on the right medications. Finding those medications is like being a science experiment. Let me tell you, it is not fun. Think about it like this before you judge a person with a mental illness. Would anyone choose to feel depressed, scared, fearful, anxious, etc. if the solution was as simple as just “cutting it off in their head”? I would have cut it off in a heartbeat if it was that simple. I have known people who have family that detest accepting mental illness as a problem in their child, sibling, spouse, etc. It is wrong and unfair to the one suffering. If only it was accepted and they had that support, they could have a much better quality of life. I myself, started feeling depressed around the age of thirteen. I approached my father saying, “Dad, I have been feeling really sad lately and would like to find some professional help”. His response, “I don’t want to hear that s..t. Get your.. back up to the house”. My mother, thankfully, saved my life by responding to my request. My husband has also been very supportive. At the age of thirty, I have finally found the right regimen of medications. My point is this: The brain can malfunction just like other organs of the body. People have diabetes, heart problems, etc. and are encouraged to take care of it. Anyone who is reading this. Please do not stigmatize those with mental illness. Let us take care of our mind, as there is no shame in seeking treatment. For me, I am a happy person and very functional, so long as I keep taking care of my mind and ignoring those who disagree with my treatment. After all, it is my life and I deserve to be happy and freed of my medical disorders, just as those with diabetes, etc.