Carrie Fisher, who you may know as Princess Leia from Star Wars, is a straight up B-A-D-A-S-S!
Princess Leia Escapes More Than Just the Death Star
You know what’s more difficult than battling Stormtroopers and saving the galaxy? Battling alcoholism, drug addiction. And mental health issues alone. Without super awesome people like Princess Leia, err, sorry, Carrie Fisher, talking about their struggles and how they escaped, we wouldn’t being seeing the change necessary to break of the stigma of these conditions.
There is NOTHING
To be ashamed of when it comes to admitting that you have a problem with drugs, alcohol, or any other mental health issues. If anything, people like Fisher have shown us that admitting these things is a true example of courage, strength, and empowerment. So, if you have admitted to yourself and others that you have a mental health issue – pat yourself on the back! We consider you a badass, too.
Carrie Fisher has been talking about addiction and mental illness way before it was even cool to be sober and recovered from a mental health issue. Fisher has been sharing for years (and continues to share) with pure honesty about her struggles with addiction and bi-polar. And what makes Fisher’s story more amazing and authentic is that she talks about how she still has to work on her mental health issues.
How freaking cool is that?
You know how many stories there are where celebrities talk about how they had this addiction or mental health thing and that they overcame it and now their life is puppies, rainbows, and unicorn kisses? A lot, actually.
In most cases, if you suffer from a mental health issue, you know that it takes continuous work to stay on the path of maintaining a healthy mind. This doesn’t mean that those who suffer from mental health issues are always on the brink of collapse and chaos; it just means that they have to follow a design for living that helps them stay recovered. If you want to be physically healthy you have to take your vitamins, exercise, and eat right – mental health takes the same kind of dedication, too.
Fisher also talks
About how she isn’t ashamed of her past or present as it relates to addiction and her bipolar disorder. Yasssssssss! How much do we love this?! There is so much shame and judgment when it comes to mental health that it’s refreshing to see someone who appears so strong (and in our opinion, is) talk about not just their triumphs, but struggles. That this is who they are and they are not ashamed of that. It allows many of us who have been hidden in the shadows to come out and say, “Yes, I have this thing too, and I am not ashamed either!”
“I have a chemical imbalance”
That, in its most extreme state, will lead me to a mental hospital … Yes I am mentally ill. I can say that. And I am not ashamed of that. I survived that, I’m still surviving it, but bring it on,” says Fisher.
It takes a lot of strength to face addiction and mental health head-on, and the more we talk about it and address it, the less power we give the stigma of addiction and mental health disorders. Let’s stop shaming and let’s start healing. It’s OK that we can’t think your way out of mental health issues and addiction. The great news is that there is hope and help out there.
In conclusion, if Princess Leia can come out and stand up for herself, and also recover, so can you. We are all in this together and you are not alone!
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