Today was emotionally exhausting. Something happened that triggered my emotional reflex tears. I was having a difficult but necessary conversation and felt the water building up in my eyes. The conversation had to end before I was caught. The next several hours became a battle against the waterworks. I really wanted the tears to stop. They were unnecessary, unwanted, and by most standards…unwarranted. But, I have anxiety and depression and I am admittedly hypersensitive. I feel more deeply than I am supposed to by “most standards”. But what are “most standards”? “Most standards” are the rules of society that keep caps on emotions and lids on mental health conditions. The purpose of this blog is to take the caps and lids off, challenge the rules and norms of how society views and talks about mental health. I will share my personal experiences and thoughts. I am also a mental health nurse, so I have clinical experience and perspective. However, no advice I may give is a substitute for going to a health care provider. In fact, one of my goals in this blog is to encourage more people to get the professional care that they need and deserve. I want to be a part of ending the stigma on mental health. I want people to know that they aren’t alone in their struggles. This blog benefits me too, it reminds me that I am not alone and that I am an important piece of society who is able to help with healing.