This week on my Staying Forever Strong blog series I interviewed Mental Health warrior Robert Rehermann. We talked all about what he has gone through and how he is overcoming all odds.
What do you suffer from?
Depression, Anxiety, ADHD
When were you diagnosed?
I was diagnosed with ADHD around the age of 5 and diagnosed with Anxiety & Depression around 8th/9th grade
What was it like when you were diagnosed?
I felt like I was different and that all these things made me weird.
Did you know a lot about your condition?
Yes I know quite a bit.
What helps to keep you Forever Strong?
I have a really great support system. I recently started yoga and meditating and that definitely helps clear my mind. Knowing that I’m able to overcome mental health issues makes me really happy.
What was your support system like? What is it like now?
My support system has always been really good, though there’s been times where I felt like I had nobody. My friends & family are extremely supportive.
What is the hardest part about dealing with (issue)?
The hardest part about dealing with my mental health disorders is remembering that it gets better. It can be really hard to stay positive sometimes, but I really do try my best.
What is a piece of advice you have for anyone who is just being diagnosed?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help and talk about your mental health. It’s not healthy to bottle up your emotions. Even if there’s things that are uncomfortable to talk about, it’s much better than not talking at all.
What is a piece of advice you have for someone who doesn’t understand or believe?
Mental health is NOT attention seeking. Even if you don’t understand or believe in mental health, please try to be compassionate because it does exist. If you have nothing nice or insightful to say, I’d rather you say nothing at all.