I should add, in my last job I had to deal with a lot of people who were out of work and were suffering from various mental illnesses. For a lot of people, especially males, getting back to work can be the best thing for them. A lot of the ones I met had lost a part of their sense of self worth. There were a few we helped get on WorkCover because their illness was debilitating but the vast majority wanted to get back to work and get busy.
I know when my anxiety plays up, it actually does turn physical as well as emotional. I have extreme physical responses. I'd imagine for some it could be more debilitating than some physical illnesses.
Lilly. You are right. I have been in three Psyxh hospitals lately (public)
And the system is atrocious. One I can't even remember the bed I slept in
Because they had me so drugged up. One I had to completely
Lose the plot several times
Doors down for them
To admit me because i was 'out of their area.' I was suicidal and sat there being interviewed for five hours and got handed a business card for my area omg.
I have phi now and plan to get some
Proper help in May. Until then I just have to stay heavily medicated.
Yes it's just as important. I work in mental health and often see the stigma around those with mental illness and how badly they are treated by both the healthcare system and also the general public
Yes, absolutely. As someone who works very closely with people who have some extremely serious mental health conditions, and also have close family members with varying degrees of mental health issues, I have seen the worst of the worst when it comes to mental illness.
On the other hand there are hugely varying degrees of mental illness.. And that can be difficult for some people to empathise appropriately. For example, the person with mild depression is less likely to be understood as having a mental health issue than the schizophrenic sitting next to them, much like both of these are less likely to gain sympathy compared to someone who has lost an arm or leg (being that this is visable)..
I believe that many many people think that a mental health issue is self inflicted or controllable and sadly that is due to their lack of understanding and knowledge and (dare I say) ignorance about mental health. I think that until you have either suffered yourself or seen someone close to you suffering, it really is hard to gain that understanding.
Absolutely. It's crippling!
For example- a panic attack leaves me on the floor unable to breathe properly, heart racing (tachycardia) and sweating and feeling nauseous.
Pretty sure that's physical ..
Absolutely I do.
My dh has bipolar disorder so it has been a big learning curve for us.
Eta I suffer from anxiety which has gotten much worse since dh's diagnosis
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