Throughout high school, I never placed much priority on my mental health. I would always rather ignore stress and anxiety rather than address it, and I would certainly never ask someone else for help. But, what’s scary about the effects of mental health deterioration is that they’re not immediately noticeable. Unlike physical health, there are more subtle signs of degradation. You only really notice it after the healing process begins and you begin to fix the issues in your life. You only really notice when damage has already been done.
Every Wednesday at 3:45pm I wave goodbye to my roommate, leave my apartment, carefully choose a playlist, and blast it as I make my way through Belmont. About 15 minutes later, I casually slide onto a couch in the waiting room of my therapist’s office.