Pauline Palita is an art director and mental health advocate who uses her Twitter as a platform for mental health awareness and support. Most recently, she took to Twitter to dispel a couple of myths and common assumptions regarding the reasons behind why people suffering from mental illness always seem SO TIRED.
“Chances are, if you know someone with a a mental disorder or disability, you might have asked them or thought, ‘Why are you so tired?’” she writes. She goes on to list the many, many reasons those suffering always seem “really tired,” and much of it has to do with the fact that this feeling means something completely different to them.
The thread quickly went viral as her message resonated with more and more people:
She goes on to unpack how it isn’t just insomnia or poor sleep quality that results in exhaustion. It’s a feeling of being constantly at war with oneself on one level, and with society on a completely different one, simultaneously.
And how even the tasks that seem incredibly “simple” are deceitfully difficult:
She goes on to detail the many physical side-effects of mental disorders and the revolving-door cocktail of medications that are sometimes helpful and sometimes laden with their own painful side-effects.
It is important to be present, aware, and understanding of those around you. It is important not to treat those suffering from mental illness as “lazy” or “irrational”.
Many who commented on the thread thanked Palita for sharing what was so difficult to put into words themselves: