Mental Illness Poem

The Everyday Struggle With Mental Illness

This poem is very personal to me and was inspired by the everyday struggles of having a mental illness, specifically anxiety and depression. Having worked in mental hospitals, I know I am not alone in this. Every day is a battle, but every day is also a win to be proud of.

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I think this poem was a very good insight into what it is like to have anxiety, I am currently having an attack now and it is nice to have proof that I am not alone. Most of my friends don't...

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Internal War

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Published by Family Friend Poems June 2014 with permission of the Author.

Every day is war to me,
A struggle to obtain reality.
A shower, my make-up, putting on my shoes.
It's hard to see the point some days,
And no one has a clue.

I have been deemed so many things
By those who wouldn't know.
High maintenance, a worrier,
A girl putting on a show.

I've been trained to feel unworthy,
Ugly and hard to love.
The pills, they make me tired,
But I get by just enough.

Sometimes I feel that I'm one mistake away
From losing all I've suffered for.
While every day is a success,
I am tired of my war.

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  • Mae Joes by Mae Joes
  • 3 years ago

I think this poem was a very good insight into what it is like to have anxiety, I am currently having an attack now and it is nice to have proof that I am not alone. Most of my friends don't have anxiety and they make fun of me and say I am pretending. Thank you for writing this.

  • Felix Mophandle by Felix Mophandle
  • 6 years ago

I read this several times. The reference to the "internal war" some of us fight touched me. Those are the exact words that I have used when I used to go to a counselor. In a real war, there are winners and losers. The type of war described here doesn't have either. It just is...

  • Avianne by Avianne
  • 6 years ago

We, as well as many others with mental illness, totally agree with you and how you feel and support you 100%. I love this poem.

  • MILLY  TEMPLEMAN by MILLY TEMPLEMAN
  • 5 years ago

The poem was so true. I, and most people with mental problems, do find everyday living a problem. Also, we feel alone and do not fit in with society.

  • Brandon Mayes by Brandon Mayes
  • 7 years ago

Thank you for sharing. I was thinking of writing more poems about my struggle with mental illness...your poem inspires me to try.

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