These Before and After Pics That Show How Mental Illness Looks Like Are Eye Opening!

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Lena C
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We don't discuss psychological instability enough in the first place, however, the bigger problem is that we do not talk about how it looks like!
There are relations between the physical side to mental illness that not very many individuals acknowledge as well as acknowledge. You can really become physically ill from psychological illness. It can stop you from eating and resting, give you stomach aches, migraines, and afterward, there are the tears and puffy eyes and shouting and shaking and the total loss of control. 
But the biggest problem is the fact that people with mental health problems tend to hide their pain (outside and inside) so well, most people are unable to spot someone who is suffering, thinking everything is alright with him/her!
No one talks about this topic due to the fear of judgment. So this extremely brave young lady decided the time had come to show the world what mental illness can look like and help others understand better what it is, in the attempt to rid the world of the stigma. 

When you first look at Amber Louise Smith you'll see a happy looking, cheerful, beautiful young lady with an ear to ear smile, but sadly, it is not the truth.

When you first look at Amber Louise Smith you'll see a happy looking, cheerful, beautiful young lady with an ear to ear smile, but sadly, it is not the truth.

Amber is battling with her own mind trying to find some peace. 

In the same way as other individuals, she lives with a secret she tries to hide away.

 In the same way as other individuals, she lives with a secret she tries to hide away.

Did you know that 18% of Americans experience a type of anxiety disorder? Yep. This is a fact that most wish not knowing. 

Amber is one of those 18% that struggles with anxiety.

Amber is one of those 18% that struggles with anxiety.

Nonetheless, rather than remaining as an insignificant statistic, she decided to add a face to mental health problems to remind the rest of the world that they are not so different, and that not every person with mental health problems looks like he escaped from an asylum. 

Amber Smith decided to get it all out in a Facebook post that changed everything.

Amber Smith decided to get it all out in a Facebook post that changed everything.

“God knows why I'm doing this, but people need some home truths.”

The difference between inside her mind and the her looks outside

The difference between inside her mind and the her looks outside

"What I showcase to the world via social media. Dressed up, makeup done, filters galore. The 'normal' side to me.”

But when a panic attack occurs, this is how she looks.

But when a panic attack occurs, this is how she looks.

"Taken tonight shortly after suffering from a panic attack because of my anxiety. Also the 'normal' side to me that most people don't see.” 

Amber decided that it is time to stop letting stigmas get in the way of helping people with mental health problems, and wanted to change how people viewed it by bringing better awareness when she shared her story with pictures added.

Amber decided that it is time to stop letting stigmas get in the way of helping people with mental health problems, and wanted to change how people viewed it by bringing better awareness when she shared her story with pictures added.

"They say that 1 out of 3 individuals will experience a form of psychological instability sooner or later in their life. 1 out of 3!"

"Do you know what number of people that equates to around the world?!"

“And yet I've been battling with anxiety and depression for years and years and there are still people that make comments like 'be stronger, get over it already', 'you don't need pills, just be content', 'you're too young to suffer from that'.” People always doubt someone with mental problems, especially when this person is young, but their suffering is as real as it can be. 

Amber is sick of people questioning her condition, telling her she has no reasons to be anxious or depressed at such a young age, as it it was true.

Amber is sick of people questioning her condition, telling her she has no reasons to be anxious or depressed at such a young age, as it it was true.

What those people never seem to understand is that anybody can have a psychological issue or a mental illness, and because people are different, their reasons and triggers might not affect others, but they do affect them. 

Amber never lost hope, and wants to inspire others with her own battle. "I'm a strong person, I've been through my fair share of pain in life (the same as anyone else) and I will be okay."

Amber never lost hope, and wants to inspire others with her own battle.

"I have the best family and companions around me and I am appreciative consistently that they have the persistence to help and support me."

She urges anybody experiencing an indistinguishable mental health issue to seek help.

She urges anybody experiencing an indistinguishable mental health issue to seek help.

Without external help, a person going through something like anxiety will not have the tools to cope with his problems and is doomed to suffer all alone with his condition. 

Amber wants people to make a change in their life, and start giving back. " I hope people will understand better that love is free, and we can always help others."

 Amber wants people to make a change in their life, and start giving back.

“Don't bully others, don't put others down and the hardest one of them all (as we have all done it at some point) don't judge another person," she added. 

Her goal is to make people understand the power of their actions, just as they can tear someone apart, they can also help build that same person up.

Her goal is to make people understand the power of their actions, just as they can tear someone apart, they can also help build that same person up.

Mental illness is not something that is related to age, sex, race, or religion, so there is no point to assume that someone is too young/old/pretty/rich/successful to be depressed, anxious or alone with his thoughts. 
Take famous people who commit suicide at the peak of their career, you may ask yourself, why would someone surrounded with fans, loved ones, a loving wife, and a healthy family have a reason to commit suicide? But when it comes to people, there is more than meets the eyes, and we are more complex than what we tend to think of ourselves. 

In the wake of sharing her before and after photographs, individuals began connecting, expressing gratitude toward her for her courage.

 In the wake of sharing her before and after photographs, individuals began connecting, expressing gratitude toward her for her courage.

In the event that 10% of Americans experience the ill effects of a mental instability that implies that we as a whole know someone who is silently struggling with his mental health. In every room you enter you most likely find at least one. 

Try not to be reluctant to look outside for help from friends and family or see what mental health services are available in your area. There is no shape in seeking help.

Try not to be reluctant to look outside for help from friends and family or see what mental health services are available in your area. There is no shape in seeking help.

The more we discuss psychological well-being, the more we can do to help others who struggle, and society as a whole. 

Share this article with your friends because 10% of them need to know that they are not alone, and that you are there for them!

Share this article with your friends because 10% of them need to know that they are not alone, and that you are there for them!