• Brian L. Barefield

Afraid of the Dark

Growing up I was just like every young child my age. I was afraid of the dark. I needed some type of light to be on in order for me to sleep or I would think about all the evil things that was coming to get me.

Jason from Friday the 13th, Freddy Kruger from Nightmare on Elm Street, The Sandman, Boogey Man, etc. If no light were on I felt like they were all coming at the same time.

As I have gotten older I have come to the realization that I am still afraid of the dark. But this time for a different reason. No I don't think that any of the aforementioned characters are going to come for me (Ok. Sometimes I still think if I stand in the bathroom and scream, "Bloody Mary three times that she will come and get me. I know I ain't the only one). No this time there are real life issues that I feel will attack me when the lights go out.

Anxiety, severe depression, PTSD, anger, rage, etc. Anyone that deals with a mental illness will tell you that sometimes when it gets dark, whether in the room or outside, that it can effect your overall mood and trigger any of the symptoms you have been diagnosed with.

The physical light helps us to cope, but a person who can lighten the mood and be that ray of sunshine helps out as well. That phone call or text just to talk about sports or a whole bunch of nothing. That tweet or facebook post to start a conversation can be very up lifting. That crazy pic on Instagram where you and the other person did something crazy or one of those funny memes can be the one thing that brings positivity to a person suffering from a mental health issue.

Turn your light switch on and help someone come out of that darkness.


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