Mental health is often misunderstood, ignored and not talked about. But it can be just as disabling as a physical condition or disability. So more needs to be done to remove the stigma around mental health. Juliette Burton is a comedian who talks openly in her comedy about her struggles with mental health.
Please tell Disability Horizons readers a little about you, your background and your mental health conditions.
I’m a comedian and writer and have been a journalist and actress. I’m a huge nerd and love music, Shakespeare, bright colours and exploring new experiences.
I’ve never felt like I belonged until I met other misfits, like me, in the comedy world. Comedy to me is a survival technique – a way of finding light in the darkness.
I grew up on a remote farm in the middle of nowhere. Around age 7 or 8 I began exhibiting signs of mental health distress, common with depression, anxiety, OCD and problems with food. But I wasn’t diagnosed with my first condition until I was 14.
By then my illnesses had morphed into anorexia. I was in and out of the hospital in my teens, sectioned under the mental health act aged 17 and had audible and visual hallucinations due to psychosis.
I was also diagnosed with bipolar disorder, body dysmorphic disorder and bulimia. In total, I’ve been diagnosed with 12 to 13 different conditions, most recently separation anxiety disorder and complex post-traumatic stress disorder.
I went from a size 4 to a size 20 in around six months due to compulsive overeating disorder and I have had suicidal thoughts repeatedly throughout my life.
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