I was young and dumb and would go off my meds, thinking I was better, I would go off my meds to find myself and the world as I know it crashing down around me. I would go back on the meds and after a while life got a lot easier to deal with. . .
Now that I am in my mid 40’s and lived a life of depression and social anxiety, along with the severe symptoms of my mood swings, I realize I need meds if I am to have any type of control over my emotions at all, I need to stay on them.
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I’ve been diagnosed with DDNOS (Dissociative Disorder not Otherwise Specified), MMD (Major Depressive Disorder), PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and Agoraphobia with Anxiety Disorder. Not only are my disorders an assortment of abbreviations that most people have no idea what they stand for, when you do actually spell it out for them the still have no idea what they are. You don’t know how many times I’ve heard “PTSD is what soldiers get, right? How can you have it? You’ve never been a soldier.” And there is little to no information on DDNOS. My goal with my blog is to change this – to change people’s preconceived ideas and to enlighten them; by doing that I hope to help not only myself but others, because right now without this blog, I feel helpless.
I have spent the last year working on a series of posts called ” The Legacy Of Child Abuse”. So many people don’t realize how much damage child abuse causes.
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I’m blogging to bring a voice to mental illness. I’m blogging to bring hope to mental illness. So much of what we see in the media about mental illness is so negative and I want to show the good in it. Yes, there is good in it. A lot can be accomplished for a great change in this country if we only get together and work in a positive manner (which the majority of us already do).
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Why am I doing this? While I do not have a diagnosable mental illness, perfectionist tendencies aside (see above), I have spent my life around those that do. Of course, through childhood and young adulthood, I was not fully cognizant of the mental illness that was swirling around me. I am certain by adolescence, I was at least marginally aware that there were some irregularities going on with my family. But we didn’t talk about it. We were taught at a very early age that if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.
And talking about something being mentally wrong with anyone in the family definitely fell into that “not nice” category. Shame. Stigma. How it thrived.
And how we’ve all suffered for the silence.
The time has come to speak up.
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Looking back I can see how everything has worked out the way it was supposed to. Coming to a point where I can say that has taken a lot of work. There will always be a lot of challenges for someone like myself that has depression. It will always take work to remember not to get discouraged on the days I feel alone, and it won’t be easy to remember the happiness and love in my life on the days the pain is at its worst.
It has taken more than 3 years of therapy and several changes in medications but I am finally in a place where I can write this post . It is only within the past few months I have been able to talk about my struggles with anyone other than my husband and therapist. The more open I am about my depression the less it controls me. The more I fight the stigma by talking about it with others .
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