I like this a lot.
(Credit: Terri Cheney, @bipolar_on_a_journey and HealthyPlace.com)
YOU ARE NOT ALONE ~ 7.14.18
One thing about mental illnesses vs physical (& visible) illnesses is the response and support I receive from friends, fellow church members and even family members.
Broke my foot, my support system and community rallied to provide meals for at least two weeks, which was much appreciated.
Down and depressed though, rarely have I received offers of the same kind of help.
I have been thinking, why is that? I’ve come up with two reasons, as far as my own experience goes.
1. People are uncomfortable around someone struggling with depression and/or anxiety. It’s just the truth.
2. I have not done a good job reaching out and asking for help. So why on earth would friends and family feel anything else besides uncomfortable?
Having pondered that, I’ve decided in the future I will try my very best to ask for help, and during my okay times, I’ll continue to try to share things about Bipolar with others.
I would like for there to be encouragement and support for those with illness, as well as their family and friends, on this site.
I want people to know they are not alone.
Even If You Stumbled ~ 7.11.18
Comorbidity ~ 7.10.18
Do you suffer from Bipolar and other chronic health issues? (Comorbidity) If so, what else plagues you and how do you manage it?
Let’s begin a discussion with the ultimate goal of helping each other.
I have Bipolar Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and lots of other mental health acronyms & fibromyalgia, which causes widespread sensitivity and pain. There are other conditions and autoimmune disorders, as well.
How do I handle it? Right now, not so well, but I am getting help from my doctors.
I suppose that’s one way of caring for myself. I must be my own advocate and have my psychiatrist and pain management doctors confer with one another in order to decide the best courses of treatment.
How about you guys?
More on Boundaries ~ 7.9.18
Are you able to do this, or is it a work in progress? I’m definitely in the latter group.