I applaud you for championing transparency and vulnerability. You’re courageous post will likely save lives that you will never even know about.
Personally, I suffered from anxiety and depression during my tour of duty in Iraq and after I got home. I also struggled with an unwanted porn habit for years. In both cases opening up to trusted friends and counselors helped me overcome and even grow stronger.
You are completely right about the power of transparency — both for ourselves and for others that hear our stories even if they don’t struggle with the same thing. Just the act of courageously unmasking ourselves empowers others and helps us to realize that a large part of our stress comes from trying to hide our weaknesses. We actually get stronger when we admit that we’re human.
“For when I am weak, then I am strong.” — St. Paul