I take mental illness just as seriously as a physical illness.
The stigma in society associated with mental illness is alive and well
It is hard to get help, it is hard to get additional support once there is a diagnoses, it is isolating!
Peoples advice of things like "just snap out of it", "tough love it what they need"....etc etc etc make me want to scream.
So much needs to be done for additional support for those diagnosed with mental illness, their families and carers to bring this level to one of being adequate.
It is exhausting!
Frenchie I haven't been on lately as we have been moving so I hope things are going okay with you. I think about you a lot and hope you are getting support.
So you can get some
Decent help. It's only a 2 month wait for
I believe I have borderline personality disorder and a couple of shrinks have said so too. I always knew there was more. I dont know about hearing voices but I hear evil thoughts if that makes
What anti d's are u on? I'm
On pristiq and it works for awhile when the dose is upped then stops
Working. I'm on the max
Dose now so I'm getting through on
Xanax and suboxone. I just stopped my
Olanzepine (anti psychotic) because is was making me put on weight.
Hugs to you, I really can't stress
Enough getting private cover for inpatient xxx
Yes, most definitely. I have a major depressive disorder and anxiety. Some days, I can't face the world, I can't go to work, nothing. It sucks.
Yes, though ywo people come to mind who I believe were playing on it.. A few direct quotes...
"I have multiple personalities. I need lots of presents for xmas"
"if you need to murder someone, tell me and I will, I'm mentally ill and won't go to prison"
"I don't need to look for work. I convinced my case worker I'm unemployable." ...they literally didn't shower for 10 MONTHS to maintain this charade...
"I can't shower now, ill have to find a job"
However, those who are legit and struggling, sometimes I wonder if its even harder for them to live day to day than someone who say, is confined to a wheelchair?
If we seen a wheelchair comming (most decent people) make room/help to make it easy for them to continue on their way..... You can't generally see someone who has depression, anxiety, bpd etc do its harder to accomodate their needs if you don't know...
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I know that FOR ME, it's actually been much harder to deal with mental illness than any physical one (or physical pain). It's so hard to explain, hard to describe, and hard for people to believe you or not treat you like a freak when you tell them.
I say that I suffer anxiety as a matter of fact these days... I the more of us who do, the less stimga there will be... but I know it can be pretty hard to open yourself to the kind of criticism that could come from it. Mine's controlled for now, so I feel strong enough to say "I have anxiety," the same way I could say, "I have brown eyes."
I think some people think you're BSing or making excuses... even when they believe you, they often don't understand what it even means. They don't get that it can make even the most simple task a difficult one, especially since I can tell them that I am aware how absurdly I'm reacting to a situation, I cannot stop myself from feeling that way. Rationally knowing my reaction is abnormal doesn't mean I can stop it from being so.
I completely get where you are coming from.
My dh has bipolar and my parents are less than supportive of either him or myself. Dad is getting better and has made an effort to understand but mum just hasnt at all. She always says I "make too many allowances" for him...
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It is very much as serious as a physical illness. I have suffered from mental illnesses and make it a point to be as open about it to friends and family so they know it's ok to be honest if they aren't feeling well mentally. I really wish there was more support for them, but so many people who haven't suffered it, or known anyone who has, refuse to believe it even exists. DH when we first met, honestly didn't 'believe' in mental illness - safe to say he does now! ;p.
I think I deal with it easily, as besides myself, my sister, father, mother, best friend, at least 3 cousins, friends by marriage etc suffer from it, so we all live surrounded by it on a daily basis, and it becomes your normal. Personally I suffer from OCD, heavy anxiety (daily panic attacks) body dismorphia and depression that swings back and forth. OCD and Anxiety are prevalent in my family the most. I choose to not take anything to help, besides trying to get it out of my system by talking/writing about it - and keeping a mental checklist to talk myself down from a panic attack, I carry water, tissues and an asthma inhaler around like security blankets, because if I have them, I know I should be fine, unless it's a huge one where you literally feel like you're going into cardiac arrest or just about to die, which thankfully hasn't occurred in a few years!
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