I used to believe every emotion I had was real. And every one around me should acknowledge those feelings as real. I now understand emotions can be our brains way to protect us situations that it perceived harm. When your brain is always on high alert I have to accept my brains effort but realize the situation around me is not warranting this reaction. So I need to thank my brain but act accordingly to my surrounding. Not every emotion needs to be acknowledged. And not every feeling needs to be shared. Some times I have to let them go. This has changed my life in a positive way. So many of my coping skills where created in times of panic or fear caused by the intense emotions I was feeling. Imagine though if you felt like your foot was being bitten off you would be in panic and you would want those around you to acknowledge what your going through. And I know this is an exaggeration it isn’t completely out of the realm of times I have been overloaded with emotion. Once I was able to truly understand what was going on with my brain it was like a dark room finally was in the light of day. By recognizing that I think differently then those who do not have mental illness and accepting I need new coping skills has been a relief on the pressure on my brain. When I learned to let things go it was like a heavy load was removed from inside my head. And to clarify what I mean by letting something go, it’s been accomplished through correctly prescribed medication that relieved me of the loop I was in due to OCD.