By David Joel Miller
Has your life been a struggle with monsters?
As children, many of us had monsters in our closet. Some of you needed night lights or parents to turn on the light and check the closet for us. That light chased away the monsters.
But as we grew older some of us discovered we were locked in a struggle with real life monsters, anxiety, depression or another emotional problem.
Rather than fearing the monster under the bed or the one in our closet, we began to try to lock those monsters away in the closet. Slam the door on the depression or anxiety and pretend that if we don’t see that monster then he does not exist. Our family, friends, and society were more than willing to play along in this game.
So now older, we discover that mental health monster has been living in the closets of our mind and all the while that depression monster, the anxiety monster and maybe you addiction monster, they have all been growing, locked away in the closet.
So how after all this time of pretending that you are not troubled by an emotional problem monster, do you open that closet and do battle with the creature that you wanted to deny?
Society has been a willing participant in this process of hiding the monsters of mental illness and emotional problems from us. If we pretend that depression does not walk among us, if we can laugh at the ravages of the anxiety monster then we can all feel safe from this gang of emotional problem monsters.
If you are going to fight the great fight against the gang of mental health monsters you will need a host of emotional tools, the weapons you will need to defeat the monsters of the mind.
Have you put together a toolkit that will help you in your struggle with those emotional monsters?
What tools work for you?
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- The voices in your head – depression, anxiety, and fear – they lie (counselorssoapbox.com)
- Do emotional problems, depression and anxiety, time travel? (counselorssoapbox.com)
- Could you use some help? (counselorssoapbox.com)