Let's face it. Mental illness sucks. And I know for a fact a few of us on here have it. However, that is not a means to think of said illness to degrade the quality of life we all have. I've had a diagnosed case of OCD for years, and yeah, some days are better than others but most of the time, I have it under control with medication and mindfulness. My OCD manifests itself when it come to repeated thoughts, mostly negative. I deal with them, accept them, and just learn that at least for now, they're a part of my mental makeup. The important part is not to give OCD, or mental illnesses in general, any more strength because that's exactly what they want. I invite everyone here who has a mental illness, has had one in the past, or knows someone that does to share their stories. Having a support group is one of the most critical aspects of conquering a mental illness. However, with anything else, that's only if you're comfortable in sharing the stories in question. We've got each other's support. Hell, we spend most of the days helping each other make some money and make a living. All that I'm attempting to do is take this camaraderie one step further. Remember, this is a no shame environment. I have been more than open with what I go through, and it's a part of the healing process and making one a better person. I joke around the forum here, but this is one topic I'm absolutely serious on. We're all a family here, and in some cases, receiving a hello from someone or a positive word of encouragement may be the highlight of that person's day. Something so small can mean so much to them. Language has that effect to be immensely powerful. If any of y'all want some good information on mental awareness, and I'm including stress as it directly affects it, here are a couple of videos I 100% recommend. Just because it's powerful. And some videos that I think are just good to know and could be the jumpstart you need. You are worth it, and we ALL believe in you. Let's kick ass today.