What did you not understand until you experienced it?

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Severe grief. I have had people close to me die before but I never understood it as everybody dies and while it’s sad you can still function. It wasn’t until my youngest brother took his own life. It was like my heart was ripped out of my chest and I was a zombie going through life not feeling anything other than overwhelming sadness.


Migraines. I had always had sinus headaches and I thought I knew what headaches were like. A migraine is fucking death.


Depression You’re not sad. You just don’t care. It’s a completely different beast.


I never understood why some people don’t leave their abusive partners until I found myself in one of those relationships. It’s been 2 years already since I left and I still have trust issues. EDIT: thank you all for your support. I see that I’m not the only one that has experienced this and I just want to say you’re not alone. It was really hard at first but the hurt and pain was worth it. Leaving that relationship completely changed my life for good. I finally worked on my mental and physical health and I fell in love with myself again. Although I’m still working on the trust, I’ve learned to communicate and understand myself.


Anxiety/panic attacks and how absolutely debilitating they can be. You never know what other people may be going through. Be gentle with each other people.