Q:Hope you don't feel as bad this December as your normally do and hopefully it'll pass quickly :) And general supporting message if it doesn't.
Thanks, I appreciate it. I think it will be better this year because I’m not anticipating any visits to the hospital like the last two years (thank god because Christmas day in hospital sucked and the dinner was gross) and I’m going to be spending the holidays out of town with my boyfriend.
Hope you’re doing ok too. :)
"Two allied myths about BPD are that patients virtually never improve over time and are essentially untreatable. Yet a number of recent studies indicate that many patients with BPD shed their diagnoses after several years… Work by psychologists similarly suggests that many young adults who display some features of BPD do not exhibit these features after only a two-year period, indicating that early signs of BPD often abate
…Perhaps the day will soon come when successful people who once struggled with BPD, such as Marsha Linehan, are no longer perceived as exceptions that prove the rule.”
Posts might be a little bit sporadic for a bit because it’s December and December is this worst month for my PTSD which makes me sad and anxious and tired and makes it bad for me to go into the mental health tag when it’s full of self harm pictures. I’ll still be answering asks though. :)
Something that I’ve noticed lately is how much more “normalized” anxiety and depression have become online….like there’s blogs/bloggers and comics and support groups and happy viral messages about it all over the place. And I think that’s really great, but what bothers me is how it seems to leave out other mental illnesses. Especially the severe kind, like schizophrenia and schizoaffective. I feel the online mental health community is alienating those whose illnesses are most misrepresented and only feeding the stigma. Because not recognizing the stigma might as well be the same as enforcing it. And it’s just like…we’re already alienated in our local mental health communities, and now it’s online too. I just wish there was a space for us, and that we were more welcome to share specifically about our issues with the mental health system, our illness, and medication. It feels like there’s a hierarchy, with the “less scary” illnesses at the top.
Those posts that say “I’m proud of you for going to class, or talking to people, or standing up for yourself” are really nice, I just wish there was a spot for one that said something like “I’m proud of you for keeping to your routine today, and taking your medication, and for trying your best to stay in reality”. But I really think most people believe sz is a disease that only happens to homeless people or that we can’t function well enough to do anything. And while function level varies on a wide level, schizophrenia happens to every type of person.
It’s just a little frustrating to see depression and anxiety romanticized and accepted as beautifully as it is, while the rest of us get left behind. And I wish I knew why that really was.
This is definitely an issue, I’ve seen several online “mental health” communities that are really more mood disorder communities and quite dismissive of people’s experiences with psychosis and other issues. Unfortunately having one type of mental illness doesn’t necessarily mean people are any more understanding and aware of the often more stigmatised illnesses such as psychotic or personality disorders. If anyone has any ideas about raising awareness of these disorders or what you think people should know about them I’d like to post some, send me an ask.
If you could take a pill that made you forget all the significant bad or traumatic experiences in your life (and cure your PTSD/anxiety), would you?
Q:Bless this blog. It's exactly what I was looking for.
Glad you like it :D
Some things I’ve learned in the CBT clinics I’ve been going to regarding anxiety that I thought might be helpful to some.