The passing of Carrie Fisher has brought to the forefront her living with bipolar and her mental health advocacy. One of her quotes that I can relate to was a statement regarding depression. She said:
When you get [in that mental state], it’s hard to talk. You are reaching out from such a far away place. What do you say? You don’t want to be a burden and you don’t want to seem like you feel sorry for yourself – it’s humiliating among so many other things.
This encouraging quote and others can be found in the article 13 Things Carrie Fisher Said About Living With Mental Illness.
To many people, Carrie Fisher was known only as Princess Leia. To Hannah Jane Parkinson, she was a role model and personal hero. Parkinson first saw Fisher in the documentary The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive which you can watch on YouTube. To Jennifer Marshall, Fisher’s openness inspired her to “come out” with her mental illness.
For me personally, learning about Carrie Fisher’s life with mental illness is a comfort and reminder that, though we’ll have good and bad days, we can live well with mental illness.