Do you take it as seriously as physical illness?
Why or why not?
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11-10-2013 09:30 #1
Spinoff. Mental illness
11-10-2013 09:35 #2
Absolutely. I have a few close friends and family members who have battled very bad mental illness, one who has OCD so bad he can't eat or leave his house. It can be more debilitating than a physical illness sometimes as its super hard to treat.
11-10-2013 09:36 #3
Yeah i do because ive been through it. I wish people who have mental illness felt easier about telling people so that we could understand and do what we can to help..
11-10-2013 09:37 #4Senior Member
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I've known people with such bad depression they have qualified for WorkCover. One cannot even make fun social events because she can't get out of bed.
11-10-2013 09:41 #5
Most certainly do.
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11-10-2013 09:43 #6
I don't even know how to form a "why".
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11-10-2013 09:45 #7
Yes I do. But like physical illness there are levels of seriousness, and also hypochondriacs. I'm not talking specifically about anyone, but I'm sure just the way some people get man flu and the likes, some people would play the mental illness card to get out of things or hide from their wider issues. I don't tiptoe around MI because its MI, it's just another type of illness to me. Some are serious and life threatening, some are chronic and some are fairly tame.
11-10-2013 09:47 #8
Good to hear!
I have several diagnoses and my sickness has nearly killed me several times.
Yes they why is obvious if you believe mental illness is on par with physical. I guess the 'why' question is more appropriate for those who don't believe or IMO, understand.
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11-10-2013 09:51 #9
Of course. My DH and actually, his entire family, all suffer from various degrees of diagnosed depression. I've seen him at his absolute worst, helped him through, picked him up, and he's at a point now where he's no longer on medication. SIL's husband also suffers very badly from depression, it's just horrible what they have been through as a family.
I'm not surprised that there are people out there who don't take it seriously though, this countries mental health system is in shambles, I have seen how long it has taken for SIL's husband to get good help, and it's just ridiculous. But if the country doesn't recognise mental health issues as a serious priority alongside physical health issues, then how can we expect the general population to?
I do, however agree with FearlessLeader in that there are varying degrees of mental health issues, with some being more serious than others, and therefore do need to be treated accordingly.
11-10-2013 09:54 #10
I think it's more of an out of sight, out of mind thing. If you've lost a leg - it's obvious and people make concessions. With mental illness its not as straight forward...
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