Having a mental illness does not mean you’re weak. It means you spend every moment of your life fighting a battle nobody else can see. It takes amazing strength to keep up that fight.
Taking a break when you have a mental illness does not mean you’re weak. It means you’re strong enough to acknowledge your own limits and advocate for yourself despite the fact that other people are trying to talk you into harming yourself in the attempt to keep pace with neurotypical people. Self-care is an act of bravery and shows that you can be your own champion in this battle.
Taking medication for a mental illness does not mean you’re weak. It means you’re brave enough to be vulnerable and open up to other people about the struggle you’ve endured. It doesn’t mean you’re giving up or you weren’t strong enough to do it on your own. It means you’re determined enough to use all the weapons at your disposal to keep fighting. It takes so much courage to ask for that help.
Having physical symptoms that stem from your mental illness does not mean you’re weak - and it doesn’t mean your physical symptoms are “all in your head.” Your brain is an organ, and just like any other organ in your body, it can affect other parts of your body when it gets sick. Having physical symptoms as a result of mental illness means you’ve been fighting a very hard battle and you’re not giving up.
You are not weak. You’re astonishingly brave and strong, and you’re not in this alone.