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Let's break the stigma of mental illness together, We exist, we are here and we want to be respected
Aragarthiel
post Dec 30 2015, 11:42 PM
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My family's never been close, and the ones who are I never get to see anymore, sadly. That's why I'm glad I get to spend time with family for New Year's, I always feel so comfortable around them.


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post Dec 31 2015, 05:03 AM
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Due to my depression I'm completely exhausted in every aspect all day, but due to my ADHD I can't ever settle down and sleep. I'll go to bed at 3 or 4 in the morning and wake up at 9, and even when I get a normal nights rest I still wake up feeling completely drained. I guess it's a sort of exhaustion that I've gotten used to, but it sort of stinks for people when they hang out with me, since I sorta become the boring and grouchy one in the bunch.

I've had depression for a very long time and my parents refused to ever listen to me until it started effecting my school life. Even then I had to practically fight for my life just to get the help I need and have them consider getting me the medication that I need. I'm not longer in therapy even though I'm sure I should be, and even though it's been months since I first talked about it, I still do not have medication, which is what I'm starting to feel I really need. I tried to commit suicide twice this year but some people talked me out of it and I ended up fine, but it still really sucks. Lately I've been able to take whatever comes my why but I would really like to fully express myself and feel something other than total exhaustion again.
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post Dec 31 2015, 12:16 PM
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@Ichimatsu: Oh man, I'm sorry you're going through that.

I think there are some cultures that do not acknowledge mental illness as much as others.

My family ignored me when I was clearly hallucinating from lack of sleep until I called my Ate (older sister) out of desperation.

Luckily for me my Aunt knew someone at the County hospital and I was brought there.


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post Dec 31 2015, 04:56 PM
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@Gryphaena I don't think it's that out culture doesn't recognize it, but rather my parents want that "perfect life" outlook. I've had to call people outside my family to get even the slightest bit of help which really sucked in the end.

I'm glad you were able to get some help though, I hope you've been doing better.
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post Dec 31 2015, 04:58 PM
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@Ichimatsu: I'm much better now, my psychotic episode was three years ago.


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post Dec 31 2015, 08:13 PM
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It's not necessarily a cultural thing, not in my experience, anyway. I have a hard time finding people who believe in mental illness, and I think that's what keeps the stigma going. I'm not going to want to talk about my issues if I'm going to be told to suck it up, or that it's a "self-fulfilling prophecy." I don't WANT to have the problems I do, I'd give anything to wake up in the morning and feel good instead of always being tired, sad, grumpy, or any combination of the three.


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post Dec 31 2015, 08:20 PM
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@Ara: There are some people who think it should just be called "illness" instead of "mental illness", too.

Shit People Say to People With Mental Illness Have you guys seen this video?

It made me laugh. xD


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post Feb 19 2016, 11:24 PM
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So, dear ones, I have been irresponsible and received a wake-up call.



Earlier this month I noticed I needed to call the pharmacy for a refill.

Of course, I forget to call in time before I run out.

Then I forget that I even have medicine to take.


Then I go strange and go without sleep for a whole day.


My mom finally puts two and two together and reminds me to call the pharmacy.

I miraculously receive my medicine at 8:30pm instead of the usual 10:30pm.


I have resolved to be more responsible.

Too bad I can't get automatic refills.



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post Mar 10 2016, 07:44 PM
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I have struggled with depression nearly all my life that and bein bipolar makes the depression even harder at times. I also have ADD, antisocialisum (Most likely miss spelled it), perfectionism, random anxiety attacks, and im dissabled meaning i cannot do alot of things others take lightly.
Late last year i had to give up gardening due to health issues that dont seem to be gettin any better. Anymore I tend to prefer to stay at home playin on the computer and the only time i ever bother goin outside is when family literately makes me go into town with them. Due to my health issues I cant even lift light stuff without it hurting my arms, back, legs, or even my chest. So i normally stay in what my family calls a dungeon which is my room playing games on the computer rather then being social.
Late last year i have had an issue with a burning and painful issue in my right upper side of my chest much like a pulled muscle or a pinched nerve or something, which makes it a pain to just sleep at times. Some days are tougher then others, but most of the time im up im on the computer, watching a movie or playing my ds or 3ds unless my chronic dry eye is nagging me.

P.S: I didnt bother listing everything thats wrong with me or it would have became a book lol
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post Mar 28 2016, 09:09 AM
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@Lyekka: Oh man, I am sorry you are living with chronic pain and other issues.

I know in my case giving up gardening would kill part of my soul, it is my main therapy.

What plants did you take care of?

Or would talking about it bring up sad feelings?


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post Mar 29 2016, 11:36 PM
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I've been mostly away from the site for the last week or so due to really bad things I can't discuss, but a good thing has come of it. My grandparents managed to find a place close to me that offers psychiatric treatment based on your income, and because of the things that happened, right now I'm getting treatment for free. I've only had one visit so far, to get my history and make up a treatment plan, etc., but the therapist I spoke with said my diagnosis of bipolar was probably correct, and she added Generalized Anxiety Disorder to that as well. Once they get some labs done on me (they have to check for drugs apparently), they'll start me on medications for both. I'm hoping to eventually stabilize, instead of ending up with some of the side effects of psychiatric drugs that I've heard about. I was on medication once before but it did nothing for me, so hopefully this time I'll get somewhere.


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post Mar 31 2016, 04:06 PM
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@Ara: Oh, man, I'm sorry you've been going through bad experiences.

It is good that you will be having medication and free treatment, though!

I hope your symptoms bother you less in the future. :]


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post Mar 31 2016, 04:29 PM
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Well, I have autism, and I USED to have clinical depression because I was bullied a lot at my previous school.

And I also found out that I have a genetic mental illness. I don't want to say what it is for fear of stigma (because some people might want to harass me based on it), but all I can say is it explains so much. Surprisingly, I have stayed stable except for one psychotic (I think?) episode in 6th grade after a particularly bad day involving a lot of bullying.


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post Mar 31 2016, 09:29 PM
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QUOTE(Gryphaena @ Mar 31 2016, 05:06 PM) *
@Ara: Oh, man, I'm sorry you've been going through bad experiences.

It is good that you will be having medication and free treatment, though!

I hope your symptoms bother you less in the future. :]


Thanks for the well-wishes, I'm really just hanging in there until I can get on something that'll actually work for me and stabilize me. I know it takes a long time for psychiatric meds to work so it might be months or even years before I find a combination that works for me.

QUOTE(CrazyUmbreonLady @ Mar 31 2016, 05:29 PM) *
I don't want to say what it is for fear of stigma (because some people might want to harass me based on it)

I doubt you'd encounter any of that here. The mods tend to deal with harassment pretty quickly, and everyone's pretty accepting. If you don't feel like sharing that's fine, but there's not really anything to be afraid of here as long as you abide by Da Roolz.

I dealt with my fair share of ridicule myself, I had pretty severe depression in middle school and my own family would make fun of me and call me a whiner or a crybaby when I was struggling just to find a single reason to keep on living. I've kinda hidden my mental health issues from most of my family since then but I'm considering making it more public now that I'm an adult and have learned to cut toxic people out of my life without remorse.


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post Mar 31 2016, 09:43 PM
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Wow, all I suffer from is ADHD and Bi-Polar Disorder, but they make it really hard for me to do daily tasks like my chores, homework, etc.


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I have epilepsy, which usually most people who have that are at higher rates for anxiety/depression/etc etc. And of course, I'm in that group.

I, however, have found that Prozac on a low dose (10mgs) has helped me thus far. I'm almost at 8 weeks in, and it was a scary choice to make because I was afraid of any judgement a doctor would place on me. Instead, they were understanding and were actually /nice/ to me, concerned how it would affect background checks for me, etc. It's mainly because I am under a lot of stress, and it's not something I plan to be on long term.


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post Apr 4 2016, 10:31 AM
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I'm glad to see the thread's picking up. happy.gif

A few updates:

My husband went over to the same mental health clinic that I'm going to this morning, and apparently he has anxiety problems as well, but that doesn't really explain a lot of his actions. He has more anger problems than anything, so I don't know why they didn't say anything about that.

I discovered this morning that caffeine makes me anxious. Which is sort of a catch-22 because my anxiety is keeping me from sleeping, so I need caffeine to function.

Also, has anyone else heard about Wentworth Miller recently, and his talk about mental health? If not, a picture circulated of him when he was overweight and people ridiculed him for it, but what nobody realized was that he was in the middle of fighting depression and his drug of choice was food. The picture, however, showed him smiling, so he explained that at the time he was struggling with suicidal thoughts and he's being really open about mental health issues now. He's doing a self-care month on Facebook and it's actually a really neat thing- he posts every day about what his self-care for the day was (donating things, cleaning, exercising, etc) and there's a lot of support for making Self-Care April a thing.


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post Apr 6 2016, 06:09 PM
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Idk if anybody cares about this buuuuut:

Unbearable crappy, hopeless feeling since Sunday (stressed :]), so my doctor upped my Fluoxetine/Prozac dose to 20mgs. I start tonight, and I'm almost as anxious as I was when I first started it. Fingers crossed all the start up side effects don't make a return.



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post Apr 16 2016, 04:19 PM
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I hope everybody is doing okay, I'm going to submit a bit of writing (780 words) to my community college's Writer's Guild to see if they would like to publish it in the school magazine.

I speak a little about my autism and mental health.

There's a website I like, http://themighty.com/, which showcases articles and or blog posts written by people who live with illness and disease or their relatives.

It's a good place to go to try to understand the life experiences of other people.

There is a section on mental illness that I like to visit.


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post Jun 29 2016, 08:33 AM
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I've started therapy again and my therapist is having me do sand tray therapy.

Today will be the third week.

I think it's fun and provides something interesting to think about as well.


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