Why don't they understand? I'm tired of feeling lonely and embarrassed. If only people could see me instead of my mental illness.
I feel ugly inside. The pain is unbearable at times. If my family or friends could walk a mile in my shoes, maybe they would put their arms around me and tell me they're here for me instead of saying, "Pick yourself up and change your attitude," as if I like feeling this way.
I'm tired of faking it, putting on an empty smile and behaving as if everything is wonderful. The thing is, everything should be wonderful. I've got a loving family, a great job. . . yet it seems all for naught. What's wrong with me?
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