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Huiyong Khoo is attending The Human Exhibit: Mentalhealth at Twenty20Two.
26 January at 00:36 

I never thought that I would grow up to be an abnormal person.

Why abnormal? Well that's how we categorise people like me, don't we? And to certain people, if it's not serious to the extend that you're already dead, it's probably you thinking too much or being lazy or finding an excuse or some other reason they can come up with.

I used to think I was just a very sad person in general when I was younger. I didn't think I was different then. However, as I grew up, I got to know a lot more about Mental Health issues. There were a lot of times where the pain in my chest was too unbearable I just wanted to not be alive just to get rid of the pain. I'm grateful that never happened and I'm still here doing what I do.

I was diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and dysthymia just this month. I'm very thankful of myself, plucking up the courage to even schedule an appointment with a psychologist, when some days I just don't feel like getting out of bed at all. High school had been rough for me, and university didn't really make it better either. I'm just very grateful that I'm studying Psychology and having friends that are so so supportive and caring and compassionate and empathetic.

The Human Exhibit: Mentalhealth is like a tour that lets you immerse in representations of different Mental disorders. Two thumbs up to all the crew and performers, you guys were great! Tbh, the first thing I saw hit so so close to home I think I had the most intense panic attack right then and there. And just to share, the first thought that came into my mind was "That's me." I really highly recommend going to see this show, I promise you, you will not be disappointed.

Also a part of the show, Dear Mental Health is a movement to raise awareness and abolish the stigma of mental health. I wrote it not on my wrist, but just beside a self-inflicted scar that has been with me for almost 7 years, to remind myself that no matter what happens, I am strong and I will be fine and I will overcome whatever that is pulling me down. There are the bad days and more often than not, there are also many good days.

I don't need special treatment just because I'm diagnosed. I'm sharing this experience of mine to let people around me be aware that things like these are happening and a lot of the times, it might happen to someone close to you. So be loving, be caring, read up a little on mental health and maybe be the change that you want to see in this world :)

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