Mitch Wallis was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder when he was only seven
An entrepreneur whose life crashed around him because of chronic obsessive compulsive disorder, revealed how a YouTube video saved his life and inspired him to start a mental health campaign.
Mitch Wallis was diagnosed with an obsessive compulsive disorder when he was only seven years old.
While all his friends played or developed in love with girls, he worked through a paralyzing fear that he would never feel normal.
The 27-year-old from Bondi told Daily Mail Australia that it was a tough fight well into his teenage years.
& # 39; Although my friends had had the most to do with a relationship break or name, I was consumed with thoughts as if I didn't touch a light switch, my whole family would die of cancer & he said and described how he would press a switch 150 times to check if it was switched off.
As a child he struggled to understand the conditions thrown at him.
From anxiety disorder to panic disorder and depression, Mr. Wallis couldn't shake the feeling that he was broken and alone in his experiences.
But he acknowledges that it might be difficult for people to look through the façade he had created, and his privileged upbringing in Sydney.
After graduating from the University of Sydney with a trade degree, he was given a role as a global product marketing manager for Microsoft in the United States.
But while his career continued to rise to new heights and rubbed shoulders with celebrities and industrial heavyweights around the world, his mental health deteriorated.
Wallis has & # 39; Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve & # 39; , an initiative designed to encourage people to share their own experiences with mental health
& # 39; I was driving a Porsche, you know, & # 39; Mr. Wallis said. & # 39; I had it all. But nobody could see how much a complete and total mess I was. & # 39;
After a few years in the industry, Mr. Wallis said his world was collapsing around him.
& # 39; When I was in the United States, it all fell apart. It was the worst I have ever been to.
I would cry to my mother and ask why I was not normal and what was wrong with my brain.
& # 39; Your mid-twenties is difficult anyway, because you are already wondering who you are. I was just completely incapacitated for work. & # 39;
Mr. Wallis credits a YouTube video for saving his life.
He said the video was nothing special – but it was all he had to see.
An ordinary man, not too unequal in age, Mr. Wallis looked and looked again at this man's story of isolation and struggling with mental health.
Wallis suddenly said he realized he was not alone. He had a journey to compare with his own and a platform to start his own recovery.
& # 39; The loneliness was worse than the anxiety or the depression. And that story made me realize that I was not alone … I wanted to be that person for someone else.
He graduated from the University of Sydney with a degree in commerce and is a recipient of honorary lists. He is currently working on a Masters in Psychology at Columbia University in New York and has described his entire links as an & # 39; overachiever & # 39;
& # 39; So I made a video and said: & # 39; & # 39; even if this shatters the illusion of my perfect life, I just want to help & # 39; & # 39;. & # 39;
Within a week the video had been viewed more than a million times.
Wallis has & # 39; Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve & # 39; , an initiative designed to encourage people to share their own experiences with mental health.
With famous fans, including Carrie Bickmore and reality TV duo Cyrell Paule and Eden Dally, the movement is gaining a daily boost.
To participate, people are encouraged to promise to talk about their mental well-being on social media and to upload a photo with a heart drawn on their arms.
Wallis has tattooed the logo on his arm.
& # 39; We are not about consciousness. There is already so much awareness, but they do not often provide answers.
With famous fans, including Carrie Bickmore and reality TV duo Cyrell Paule (left) and Eden Dally (right), the movement gains strength every day
To participate, people are encouraged to promise to talk about their mental well-being on social media and to upload a photo with a heart drawn on their arms. Wallis has tattooed the logo on his arm
Gabrielle Bartlett of Married At First Sight has also promised her support for the movement
& # 39; To get out of this epidemic we live in, we need more people to model the behaviors that we need to see and lead by sharing their stories, & # 39; said Mr. Wallis.
& # 39; The only thing we ask for is a public engagement to speak and have a good conversation if you are not well. This is more the movement & # 39; I am not okay & # 39 ;.
Wallis said that although therapy was a major part of his recovery to reach where he is now, shared human experience is one of the most valuable assets in the community.
& # 39; People are problem solvers. Expert help is vital, but there is a lot of strength in the feeling of being seen and heard.
& # 39; I think authenticity and connection are the two most important things, and that only bring them into all your relationships. & # 39;
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