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 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...

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Internal War

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Published: June 2014

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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  • by Felix Mophandle
  • 8 months 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...

  • by Avianne
  • 1 year 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.

  • by Brandon Mayes
  • 1 year 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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