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  • Let's break the stigma attached to mental health illness!

    I'm a Mum to 5 and I have a mental health illness.
    I take medications daily to help alleviate the symptoms of my illness.
    I suffer Major Depressive Mood Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety and possibly, Bi Polar.

    Can a depressed parent be a good parent? YES!

    Anyone else want to join the bandwagon, come say hello here

    The more we can talk about this, the better informed society will be and more accepting of those with a mental health illness. We should not be left in the dark to suffer alone, with guilt and shame!

    We have an illness just like cancer, diabetes, asthma etc etc. And we deserve the same respect and support

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    Let's break the stigma attached to mental health illness!

    I work in mental health and it's really hard seeing all the stigma attached to it. People really do treat those who have a mental illness differently

    Last year in Brisbane when mental health week was on we (the organisation i work for) had a 'fair' day in which we had all different organisations that help support people with mental illness set up stalls and such. We invited the public so they could learn more about it and how they can support those around them who may have a mental illness

    It was really great to see how many people showed up :-)

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    • #3
      Originally posted by KnockKnockPenny View Post
      I work in mental health and it's really hard seeing all the stigma attached to it. People really do treat those who have a mental illness differently

      Last year in Brisbane when mental health week was on we (the organisation i work for) had a 'fair' day in which we had all different organisations that help support people with mental illness set up stalls and such. We invited the public so they could learn more about it and how they can support those around them who may have a mental illness

      It was really great to see how many people showed up :-)
      That sounds like a great kind of fair to have! I wonder if they ever do one down my way.. may be something to suggest to my member of parliament for health, perhaps?

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      • #4
        Let's break the stigma attached to mental health illness!

        Originally posted by Hokey Pokey View Post
        That sounds like a great kind of fair to have! I wonder if they ever do one down my way.. may be something to suggest to my member of parliament for health, perhaps?
        Or if there is a mental health alliance or something like that down your way :-)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by KnockKnockPenny View Post
          Or if there is a mental health alliance or something like that down your way :-)
          I will look in to that!

          We do have a mental health service

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          • #6
            My DH has been suffering from depression for a good couple of years now, but because of the attitude of his mother (ie. People who are medicated for depression are weak, they can get over it they just go for the easy option) he won't do anything about it.
            He won't go to a doctor, he won't see a psych, and I regularly feel like I'm walking on eggshells because of his moods.
            I finally got him to admit that he's depressed the other night but he won't go to see a psych or anything unless I go with him. I agreed to go but I'm thinking of trying to swing it so that the psych gets at least SOME of the appointment to talk to him alone. I don't want him bottling things up that he doesn't want me to hear.

            Even after having several friends who are taking medication for depression and being completely NON-judgmental of them he can't cope with the idea of medication for himself. I'm not saying he necessarily needs it, but he thinks that if he talks to someone that's the first thing they'll do about it.

            *sigh* MEN!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Eko View Post
              My DH has been suffering from depression for a good couple of years now, but because of the attitude of his mother (ie. People who are medicated for depression are weak, they can get over it they just go for the easy option) he won't do anything about it.
              He won't go to a doctor, he won't see a psych, and I regularly feel like I'm walking on eggshells because of his moods.
              I finally got him to admit that he's depressed the other night but he won't go to see a psych or anything unless I go with him. I agreed to go but I'm thinking of trying to swing it so that the psych gets at least SOME of the appointment to talk to him alone. I don't want him bottling things up that he doesn't want me to hear.

              Even after having several friends who are taking medication for depression and being completely NON-judgmental of them he can't cope with the idea of medication for himself. I'm not saying he necessarily needs it, but he thinks that if he talks to someone that's the first thing they'll do about it.

              *sigh* MEN!
              That must be so hard for you! Please go along with your hubby, he probably needs that supporting hand for the first few sessions

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              • #8
                Let's break the stigma attached to mental health illness!

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                Last edited by Madame Mayhem; 25-01-2013, 10:11.

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                • #9
                  My DS has an anxiety disorder which falls broadly into the category of a mental health issue.

                  What I find amazing is that it's our older relatives, ie my parents, DHs parents who seem to attach the stigma, like we've done something to create the problem.

                  We support people with other diagnosed illnesses, so it makes sense to support those with mental health issues.

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                  • #10
                    Let's break the stigma attached to mental health illness!

                    I suffer anxiety, depression and S.A.D. I also was diagnosed with AND & PND with both of my pregnancies. Im not currently medicated and I am doing ok, i have both good and bad days but I am lucky enough to have some amazing supports (many are from the private disscussion area here on BH) I'm another who thinks it is time that the stigma is removed from mental health, I know so many people who have suffered though mental health issues alone because they didn't think anyone would understand, when the reality is that more people than you would think have been in the same position but are afraid of what society would think
                    Last edited by Madame Mayhem; 25-01-2013, 22:55.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Let's break the stigma attached to mental health illness!

                      Hi op. I have bipolar.
                      I agree with you a mentally ill parent can be a good parent.

                      I have also had the problem with my dh. He doesn't think I need to be medicated to get by.



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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by DueInAugust View Post
                        Hi op. I have bipolar.
                        I agree with you a mentally ill parent can be a good parent.

                        I have also had the problem with my dh. He doesn't think I need to be medicated to get by.



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                        That must be so hard having a partner who doesn't support you

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                        • #13
                          Let's break the stigma attached to mental health illness!

                          Originally posted by DueInAugust View Post

                          I have also had the problem with my dh. He doesn't think I need to be medicated to get by.



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                          I has a similar experience to this, except for me he didn't like who I was when medicated, I just became dead, he said even though it was hard to watch he preferred me having extreme emotion rather than just nothing. It's a fine line isn't it? In lucky that I have been able to find a balance and the support I need to not be medicated but it hasn't been easy for anyone involved

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                            Re: Let's break the stigma attached to mental health illness!

                            He does support me in everything else it's just when I'm medicated he feels like I'm not there. Medicated I am on auto pilot and have no emotions at all.
                            It is hard on him because I say I still love him but he can't see it.

                            Off the medication I'm me but I'm hard to be around sometimes. He is the only control I have. Like he is my calm.
                            I hope that made sense.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by DueInAugust View Post
                              Hi op. I have bipolar.
                              I agree with you a mentally ill parent can be a good parent.

                              I have also had the problem with my dh. He doesn't think I need to be medicated to get by.
                              Quite a while back I was suffering work related depression and was put on antidepressants.
                              DH was entirely NOT understanding, and told me that if they made me feel like cr@p (physically) that I should just stop taking them. I said to him that if I quit my job I wouldn't need to take them anymore but he was determined that I not quit.
                              I eventually ignored him and quit my job and instantly didn't need the meds anymore as the stress was gone.

                              Fast forward and last year DH was suffering a mega strong bout of depression that was entirely brought on by work place stress and he said to me "I can't believe that I didn't support you at all when you were depressed from work. Now I understand what you were going through I feel terrible!".
                              I actually had to tell him to quit that job because life had become unbearable at home from his behaviour. He was basically waiting for me to tell him to quit because he didn't want to admit that he was wrong to force me to keep working back when I was in the same position.
                              Lets just say it was a valuable lesson for him .

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