Most people would see mental illness as a serious disorder. Some would even stay away from the mentally ill, thinking they might suddenly go violent. This misunderstanding has sadly become a fact for the past couple of decades, making those who suffer feel like outcasts in the society.
What we certainly don’t realize is that what these “special” people really need are acceptance, patience and understanding from those of us around them. But these people are also blessed. They may not have it all but they have things about themselves that they can also boast about. For instance, their strength to face a world that criticizes them and another is their talents which are surprisingly admirable.
To prove that, an 18-year-old lady stepped forward to talk about her schizophrenia and her coping mechanism.
Kate Fenner was already 17 when doctors diagnosed her with schizophrenia.
Since diagnosed with schizophrenia, Kate started to use her art to deal with it.
Kate experienced hallucinations and has started putting them into drawings which she said is her way to cope with them.
Kate has been diagnosed with schizophrenia when she was 17. This comes after her conditioned was given several labels until her parents noticed her mental health was not getting any better.
Unlike others with the same condition, Kate sought to break the stigma and showed the world that she is capable despite her condition. As soon as mental health experts saw her situation and her hallucinations becoming worse, Kate used her artistic skills to illustrate the images she sees and tried to deal with them.
Kate often hallucinates about bugs which she thinks represents her illness and flies which she says represents her.
She would also often see disembodied eyes crawling through the ceilings and walls.
Apart from seeing things, Kate would also hear noises and voices whose sources she also tries to draw.
The voices that Kate hears would at times ask her to set things on fire.
According to Kate’s article on BoredPanda, her hallucinations were never simple. She shared how she hears voices, random voices and sees bugs, faces and even disembodied eyes. Among the images she sees, bugs are in most of her hallucinations which adds up to her depression as these creatures make her feel worthless like a fly. She says these bugs, for her, are the representations of her so-called illness. Kate revealed how her self-esteem shoots down to its lowest and would always wish she could shapeshift into someone “prettier.”
Kate would also see an abstract of herself when she looks into the mirror.
In some instances, Kate sees disembodied eyes with odd circles around them.
She’d also see eyes moving and warping.
Now, she’s able to have a more positive perspective about her schizophrenia and opts to be more open about the condition she lives with. She aims to break the stereotype spread by inaccurate information portrayed by Hollywood films. Kate hopes people to recognize her, as well as many others who have the mental disorders, as there are people who are suffering from more severe level of schizophrenia. Nonetheless, Kate feels grateful that she is able to cope up with her disorder.
For Kate, organization, communication, paranoia, depression, anxiety, and managing her emotions are the biggest struggles she face.
Kate has a wish to turn into a “prettier” person and make people see her worth.
For more of Kate Fenner’s artworks, you may check her out on Instagram.
13 Best Marriage Tips You’ll Ever Hear In Your Life
These pieces of advice should help you and your partner keep your marriage happy.
Marriage is committing to someone who understands you and shares every bit of your life. For most married couples, falling in love and getting married was the easy part. However, making things work takes a lot of patience, time and effort.
It's not always the fancy things like diamonds and flowers that make a marriage, but the small things and simple ways that yield happier results. If you want to live a happy, worry-free and love-filled life with your better half, here are the best marriage tips you'll ever hear in your life.
Every husband and wife should memorize these!
1. Enjoy spending time with each other.
Depressed Teen Wanted To Shave Her Hair, Stylist Spends 13 Hours Fixing It Instead
This hairdresser not only restored the young girl’s hair but also her self-confidence.
Did you know that poor hygiene can actually be a sign of depression? Yes, you read that right. Depression doesn’t only push one to extreme sadness but it can also make simple tasks (such as maintaining personal cleanliness) seem difficult, if not impossible, to perform.
Such is the case with a 16-year-old girl who recently visited Kayley Olsson, who works as a hair stylist at the Capri Waterloo salon in Iowa, to shave her tangled, messy hair. “Just cut it all off,” the depressed teen said.
Olsson, however, refused the request.
Instead of shaving the girl’s matted hair, Olsson decided to do something else.
Semi-Paralyzed Man Spent Three Years Carving A Road Through A Hill All By Himself
He spent almost six hours every day just to complete his work.
Sixty-three-year-old Melethuveettil Sasi of Kerala, India has got to be one of the most determined people one could meet -- and he is semi-paralyzed. Even in his state, he managed to carve a road through a small hill near his home and he completed it in three years using only the most basic of tools.
Sasi doesn’t know anything about the Mountain Man of Bihar, Dashrath Manjhi, who also worked on a similar project for 20 years using hammers and chisels, but somehow, he was able to complete the same challenge.