Joe's Journal - Entry #1 - Hello Everyone!
Hi! My name is Joe. I'm not going to waste time with a bio because there is already one on this website! https://www.josephbarksdale.com/bio.
For those of you that don't know, I've been fighting a mental illness my entire life. In fact, I wasn't even aware of how serious the issue was until a few years ago. I've been diagnosed with severe chronic depression and anxiety. I see a therapist twice a week, take medication, and do a bunch of other things in order to continue to fight this and get a better handle on it so that I can be here for my family and friends for a long time. I am also a person just like you and that is the purpose of this blog.
I want to connect with you, your friends and the online community try to give my take on mental illness, as well as other things from time to time. I want to answer the questions that you have and start a dialogue that everyone can benefit from. I am a firm believer that the reason there is such a stigma behind mental illness is because people aren't familiar, comfortable, or knowledgeable about it. It is human nature to fear, despise, or dismiss the unknown and the main goal of this blog is to make it less of an unknown in as many ways as I can.
I'm so happy that you took the time to check out the blog! Please feel free to email me or direct message me on any social media platforms with any questions that you have and hey, feel free to reach out even if you don't have any questions.
I hope that your day is going well and I will talk to you soon.