By Samantha Renke in The Metro.
Living with a disability in the UK today means living in a state of perpetual fear, feeling unheard, patronised and at times like a burden – and it can take a huge toll on your mental health.
I was born with a genetic condition called Osteogenesis Impefecta (Brittle Bones) – a condition that won’t get better with age, and I am a full-time wheelchair user.
When I think about my own battles with anxiety and depression and what induces them, the principle triggers for my depression and anxiety come from the fear of losing my independence, not being able to work and financially support myself, socialise and feel part of a community.
Of course, I need to take ownership for my own wellbeing and there are measures I can take to limit my anxiety but I need to know that those around me understand and listen.
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