Sometimes I wonder if you guys get tired of me complaining about all of my disorders and illnesses and what have you. But one of the reasons I started this blog was so that I could help others understand these things, and so that I could meet others who might understand me. So I hope you are not sick of hearing about it!
When most people talk about invisible illnesses, they are talking about physical illnesses such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Lupus, or migraines. However, mental illness is also considered an invisible illness.
An invisible illness is a concept similar to an invisible disability. Basically, it is a chronic illness that a person has, that you cannot tell by looking at them. Also, the person might seem and act perfectly healthy one day, and then claim to be in pain or feel ill the next day. Sometimes people with invisible illnesses are accused of making it up, imagining things, trying to get attention, making excuses to get out of things, etc. But the truth is, you cannot see a person's pain just by looking at them. Also, many people with chronic illnesses can feel awful one day, and feel comparatively much better the next, and then awful again the next day. This is also true for mental illness. Just because a person is smiling and acting happy right now, does not mean that they don't live with depression.
At any rate, the Invisible Illness Awareness Week has a meme called 30 Things, in which you answer 30 questions about your illness. I though I would do it. Mine is a little different in some parts, because I've had depression and anxiety since early childhood, whereas some others only started getting illnesses later in life, and therefore had to give up things that they could do when they were healthy. Well... Here you go.