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To tell you I have a mental illness

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LEMisdisappointed Mon 05-Aug-13 19:03:04

Time to talk are having a "big share" on the demon facebook to raise awareness of mental health issues and prejudice.

i think this link will work

I suffer from depression and anxiety - it skews they way i take things sometimes, so something that would go over my head normally really upsets me and i over analyse EVERYTHING. I am on citalopram which helps with my anxiety and means i can get through the day without having a meltdown. I manage to be a good mum and decent partner and think im fun to be around. I am not ashamed to have a mental illness.

shrunkenhead Fri 09-Aug-13 00:33:56

Refreshing to see a positive thread on MH issues. I had pnd and because I was so ashamed to admit what what the real problem was fellow colleagues assumed I had drug and alcohol issues!!! I was quite offended at the time but can see why they thought this.....not my"normal" self and great deal of time spent weeping in toilets!

FoxyRevenger Thu 08-Aug-13 12:34:55

It's not on the same scale at all, but I have had eczema all of my life.

My Mum used to try to encourage me to cover up my arms with long sleeves so that people didn't see it.

No WAY! I'm not going to hide it, it's an illness that I live with, and I don't find it shameful.

Same should go for any illness, of the mind or body.

MissStrawberry Thu 08-Aug-13 12:02:10

Matt Johnson on This Morning now talking about having depression.

Tiptops Thu 08-Aug-13 00:51:51

Thank you for this thread lem

Another one here; I have severe OCD, a general anxiety disorder and bouts of depression. No matter how many people are around me I feel truly alone with my MH issues. It's reassuring but also sad to see so many other people in the same situation.

Also helpful to see some positive comments about medication. I am so ill that meds would probably be very useful to me but after lots of meds and embarrassing side effects in my teens I can't bring myself to take them at the moment. Good to see they do really make a difference for some people.

LesserOfTwoWeevils Wed 07-Aug-13 23:25:50

Complex PTSD, social anxiety and dysthymia here.
Have been this way for as long as I can remember.
ADs take the edge off it but am still a social cripple.

LEMisdisappointed Wed 07-Aug-13 23:17:18

Struggler - i sympathise about your family, that just sounds awful.

LEMisdisappointed Wed 07-Aug-13 23:16:20

hiddenhome - but you are crazy, you keep spiders as pets wink grin I haven't got one yet envy Its all about the context though isn't it, i remember your thread and people were just vile on it sad If i am having a bad time or i have a meltdown me and DP call it having a fruit loop. I would never use those terms as an insult. As i have on my FB page - we all have Mental Health, its just that mine isn't always good.

idiuntno57 Wed 07-Aug-13 23:09:06

I call myself a loony. I think we should reclaim the word, like the black movement.

But not in jest of course I don't like it when meant to upset. The world has some horrid people in it but also some very good ones.

hiddenhome Wed 07-Aug-13 22:27:22

Very nasty mental health insults were directed towards me, on here, a few weeks ago hmm

I wonder how you're all feeling about being called a loony, mentalist, crazy etc. This is what people really think of those with difficulties isn't it?

StrugglerSnuggler Wed 07-Aug-13 22:14:12

I told my mum I was bi polar. We don't do mental illness in our dysfunctional family, we get smashed instead.

It was really hard, I have had three years of therapy and sobriety and have a hard-won peaceful and drama-free life. I also tried, with the aid of my therapist, to communicate to my parents how much being brought up by drunks affected me.

Out if the blue this week, my SIL texted me to stay away from my nephew because I am not to be trusted around children because I don't like my parents to get pissed around my own DDs. My DM apparently agrees with her toxic messages in which she refers to me having 'a fucking mental illness' that is 'life limiting' and lots of other nasty things.

I have never discussed my depressive tendencies with her, which means that my DM must have been gossiping.

My SIL spends her evenings and weekends drinking and verbally and physically abusing my DB.

In the day, she's part of an NHS Mental Health Team.

I really really hope that she's an abberation because if my insurance runs out and I can no longer see my private therapist, I am terrified of ending up in the 'care' of someone like her.

I'm also terrified of telling anyone else in case they use it against me like this.

So so sad

I got deleted blush

Heartbrokenmum73 Wed 07-Aug-13 20:48:45

Can I please direct the militant among you to the thread about a 'draining friend' in AIBU, where the most disgusting attitudes towards ME (the illness, not actually 'me') are being displayed?

I've reported an individual already but I feel the thread could do with some more sensible opinions and I know those on this thread have them.


Gonna have to get me into this twitter malarky smile x

HugAndRoll Wed 07-Aug-13 20:33:26

I just totally overshared on twitter but mind are talking to me on there which is nice.

Buddhagirl Tue 06-Aug-13 23:59:34

Lots of my fb friends now sharing about their own mh problems, I love social change!

TooOldForGlitter Tue 06-Aug-13 23:58:34

if only there was an official name for thread killing...then i'd be set grin

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Tue 06-Aug-13 23:55:24

now come on.. you can't add that to your accolades!
sorry about that grin

TooOldForGlitter Tue 06-Aug-13 23:51:03

and I thread kill smile

TooOldForGlitter Tue 06-Aug-13 23:29:00

I constantly spoil any single outing we ever have as an immediate or an extended family because my anxiety means I cannot do a single thing. I ruin peoples lives.

LongEaredOwl Tue 06-Aug-13 23:26:09

Depression & OCD for me, was on Citalopram, now Escitalopram. Both very good, and CBT was a Godsend.
Not only are MH conditions very common, they are often very treatable.


idiuntno57 Tue 06-Aug-13 23:15:14

no its just getting late and the meds make you sleepy smile

TooOldForGlitter Tue 06-Aug-13 23:13:31

I'm such a thread killer smile

Mind you, I am very upfront with anyone about my PsA and mental health. Not so much about my ragged bits though! grin

TooOldForGlitter Tue 06-Aug-13 22:58:10

Oh and I have trichotillomania too. I pulled my hair out until I had huge gaps and bald patches and long bits and short bits.

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