Twitter thread on mental illness nails everything.
A Twitter user perfectly broke down why people with mental illness are so exhausted — and the internet is nodding and clapping along big time. Pauline Palita, who calls herself a mental health advocate in her user bio, posted a 26-point thread about the constant internal battle of mental illness, and why you should dig a little deeper when someone says they’re “just tired.”
Palita began by explaining that people with a mental disorder or disability have a much harder time falling asleep than most.
Allow me to explain Why Mental Illnesses Can Make People So Tired.— ⓟⓐⓛⓘⓣⓢ™ (@PJ_Palits) January 20, 2018
Chances are, if you know someone with a mental disorder or disability, you might have asked them or thought, “Why are you tired?” pic.twitter.com/1U9vFJfC4M
Not many people ask me if I’m OK, but when they do my answer is always the same “I’m fine, just tired” — and people seem to accept that reply.— ⓟⓐⓛⓘⓣⓢ™ (@PJ_Palits) January 20, 2018
For me, “I’m tired” is not a complaint or pessimistic. It’s merely a fact of life.
For the “average” person, it takes seven minutes to fall asleep.— ⓟⓐⓛⓘⓣⓢ™ (@PJ_Palits) January 20, 2018
Imagine crawling into bed exhausted and it takes the average of an hour to fall asleep, instead of seven minutes. Every nap and bathroom break and the brain relaxation delay begins again.
She went on to break down all the other reasons someone with mental illness could be tired — from the ongoing struggle of memory loss to consistent feelings of inadequacy.
These are are people with working memory issues who — from school age on into adulthood — lack the skill to remember multi-step instructions in a world where they’re just expected to know how to do it.— ⓟⓐⓛⓘⓣⓢ™ (@PJ_Palits) January 20, 2018
These are ppl who are in a constant war w/their own brain, ppl who are battling their own thoughts & fears; hearing every day from their brains they arent good enough,strong enough,skinny enough,that ppl dont like them or that they should hav done better just to list a few things— ⓟⓐⓛⓘⓣⓢ™ (@PJ_Palits) January 20, 2018
These are ppl who experience sensory overload that mentally exhausts them. From the clothing they are expected to wear, the food they are expected to eat, the noise around them, the sights engulfing them & the odors surrounding them, these ppl’s senses are constantly under attack— ⓟⓐⓛⓘⓣⓢ™ (@PJ_Palits) January 20, 2018
It could also be because of their medication. Or their constant headaches. Or a myriad of fears that others write off as silly or irrational.
It’s like living on a rope bridge swaying in the wind over a canyon while you’re afraid of heights, and hearing, “I don’t understand what you’re complaining about, the bridge is secure. Suck it up and deal with it. I can do it, so you can too.”— ⓟⓐⓛⓘⓣⓢ™ (@PJ_Palits) January 20, 2018
These are people who are tired from the side-effects of medication, or self-medicating to cope with the symptoms of their diagnosis and the expectations of society.— ⓟⓐⓛⓘⓣⓢ™ (@PJ_Palits) January 20, 2018
These are people whose muscles ache constantly or whose muscles are tired from being tense too often, who get frequent headaches or migraines, whose appetite is affected and whose immune system becomes impaired… just to name a few things.— ⓟⓐⓛⓘⓣⓢ™ (@PJ_Palits) January 20, 2018
There’s also the exhaustion that happens when you are your only advocate.
These are people who are exhausted from self-advocating to people who don’t understand and don’t care to understand.— ⓟⓐⓛⓘⓣⓢ™ (@PJ_Palits) January 20, 2018
Palita finished her thread by sending out a general plea to people who don’t understand what it feels like to live with mental illness. “Imagine living your life on a rope bridge over a canyon,” she wrote. “Or imagine how you would feel if someone jabbed you and woke you up several times a night for just one year, and the physical and mental impact it would have on you.”
The mental health advocate asked that everyone be “patient and empathetic” with people who are fighting deeply personal, difficult internal battles. “Just because you don’t experience it doesn’t mean that it’s not a reality for someone else,” she concluded.
Her Twitter thread struck a big chord. Thousands of people have liked her post and hundreds chimed in to let Palita know that she had completely nailed their struggles. Many said her words made them feel less alone. Others were so grateful that she had put their struggles so eloquently into words. You’re going to want to bring some tissues when you head over to the comment section.
Thank you. I am recently diagnosed and this is the first thing I really connect with x hugs x— ♤♡◇♧ (@bluealucard) January 26, 2018
....this entire thread is 100% me. Holy shit. All of it. Every. Single. Post. is me, every single freaking day of my life. Even when I was on meds to help with the other stuff, I was exhausted from the meds. I think I've had ONE DAY in my ENTIRE life where I woke feeling rested.— Wolfofthenyght (@Wolfofthenyght) January 21, 2018
This honestly made me cry. Sometimes I forget that lots of people are in the same boat as me and I hope everyone gets better in their own time. Don’t be afraid to talk to others and stay strong. Thank you for this post I hope eventually everyone will understand ❤️— Sav (@IsSavDead) January 21, 2018
Sending so, so much applause to Palita for helping people feel a little bit less alone.