This Poem Captures The Challenge of Explaining Our Mental Health Issues

Sabrina Benaim’s “Explaining Depression to My Mother” is a powerful piece about trying to explain something as big as mental illness to someone who doesn’t understand.

Mom says, “Where did anxiety come from?”
Anxiety is the cousin visiting from out-of-town depression felt obligated to bring to the party.
Mom, I am the party.
Only I am a party I don’t want to be at.

 
Over 4 million people have watched this performance, and with good reason. It’s well worth watching, especially if you’ve ever struggled with depression or anxiety, or tried to understand a loved one’s struggles.