One of the things that sucks about mental health issues, for me, is that there is no visible scar. If you break an arm, or a leg, or something like that, there’s a scar or at least a cast or some sort of visible thing that people can see is an issue.
With mental health problems, there’s nothing to show as proof. There’s nothing to see. It’s all inside your head.
You get triggered by certain things. A smell, a sound, a color, a random comment someone makes, something on TV.
Then, you struggle to bring things under control.
While you’re in the middle of your thing, people may or may not wonder what’s going on. If someone notices, you have to explain what happened. If no one notices, you start to wonder if something really did happen.
Your work life is affected. You can’t have conversations with people.
You feel silly for even having the feelings that you’re having.
Ultimately, you just have to “get over it” and move on. Maybe you just have to “deal with it” or “help yourself” or some other phrase.
Bottom line, it’s all in your head.
Nothing, will ever be the same.