Chester Bennington helped me get through that tough teenage period which knew of abuse and self-denial and hardly of love. Hearing someone acknowledge that, acknowledge the pain told me I was not alone.
we need to talk; about our feelings and the hurt we feel, the insecurities, the invalidity we experience, the constant pressures of an oppressive heteronormative as well as a homonormative society and sub-culture which like a ruthless predator gets over us and takes away our well being, peace and happiness
Self-harmful habits, addictions, and coping mechanisms actually cause and/or increase anxiety, depression, and other unpleasant feelings. And on long-term, these behaviors can cause significant health problems.
The lack of discussions around the politics of social interactions between multiple forces and the mentally ill person at the intersection of these forces needs to be broken, because existence cannot be free of politics, and any non-conforming act or condition will be met with the weapon of shame.
Mood swings, depression, anxiety, all of these affect you in an invisible way. I am yet to accept myself this way, to be comfortable with being a psychologically ill patient requiring treatment. But yes, I am consciously trying.