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Unexpected Monkeys

As well as the Tourette’s (which is both neurological and psychological) I also have several co-morbid conditions, which definitely fall under the mental health umbrella – OCD, Depression and possibly ADHD (depending on which doctor you ask).  So I will be displaying this badge on my profile for the rest of the year in the hope that my posts will be of help to somebody.  That was my main aim when starting this blog – the hope that, especially during and after the Deep Brain Stimulation operation!

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Perfection Pending

About a year ago, I was blogging about it a lot. And, I felt very vulnerable. And, some people in my life were very supportive, while others weren’t. It felt freeing to write about it, but at the same time, it opened me up to my worst nightmare. Criticism. Whispers behind my back. And suggestions on how to “fix” myself. I was not in a place emotionally to deal with those kinds of things. But, now I’m ready to talk again. I’ve gained some perspective, a more positive attitude and more self-confidence.

The thing I needed most during a very difficult year last year was support. I didn’t always get it. But, I realized that some people just probably don’t have a ton of experiencing interacting with someone that is suffering from anxiety or depression. Perhaps they feel helpless, or awkward, and all they can seem to muster up is advice and their perspective on what that person should do.

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inconsistently yours

“I pledge my commitment to the Blog for Mental Health 2014 Project. I will blog about mental health topics not only for myself, but for others. By displaying this badge, I show my pride, dedication, and acceptance for mental health. I use this to promote mental health education in the struggle to erase stigma.”  

I have a disease, I have an illness, I am unstable, I am anxious, I am withdrawn, but I am not alone. My mental illness does not define me, but my understanding and acceptance of it does

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Bipolar Me

“I pledge my commitment to the Blog for Mental Health 2014 Project. I will blog about mental health topics not only for myself, but for others. By displaying this badge, I show my pride, dedication, and acceptance for mental health. I use this to promote mental health education in the struggle to erase stigma.”

. . . As you know, my blog is all about mental health, so I am delighted to join with other bloggers to promote our experiences and interests.

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Life and PTSD

When I am in the therapist’s chair, my clients often say things like, “You wouldn’t understand” or “I wish I had it so together like you!” I usually respond with something similar to, “I understand you feel so alone and isolated” for the former and, “Everybody’s got something to work on!” for the latter. On the outside, my job as a professional is to create a safe, one-sided relationship for my clients so they can achieve whatever goals they are in therapy to achieve. I am good at this. I am good at putting the attention on others, and I am very good at redirecting clients. I have even become a star at answering the mandatory personal questions (ie. “What’s the most difficult thing you have ever experienced?” to which I often replied while pregnant, “Making it through this therapy session without peeing my pants!”) while playing therapy games with clients. My clients have no idea of my diagnosis, and that is ethical and professional. At times, my heart breaks at their feelings of isolation, but it is not my job (on the contrary, it would be quite unethical of me to do this) to share the personal information they would need from me in order to realize that I understand them on a deeper level than the books I studied in graduate school.

But I do understand them on a deeper level. At times, I am struck by their ability to verbalize the feelings I have been working to verbalize in my own therapy for months.

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