Originally Posted by needserenity
How do you, your family, and friends cope with the reality of your mental illness?
It wasn't until my pdoc told me three year ago "When are you going to accept you're mentally ill?" that I stopped making excuses for my 'chemical imbalanced brain.
It was when I knew I couldn't work another flexible part time contract job. I stopped making lame excuses for my behaviors and difficulties. My family finally knows I see a pdoc and therapist regularly and take medication. I use to just isolate myself, say I'm just not feeling well.
I don't think my parents accept my illness b/c I often look and act just fine on the outside.
I come from a family who does not understand mental illness, and does not WANT to understand mental illness. I must keep things bottled up, inside.
My only outlet is the internet and forums like healthboards.
It is never talked about in my house. And it makes me really sad.
I mean, my family KNOWS I go to a Pdoc, and take Lithium, but I am totally 'shut down' by them, if I talk about anything related to mental health.
It is so sad there is a stigma in our society about mental illness.
I often imagine, if I had a son or daughter, I would help them ANYWAY I could, and talk openly with them about anything and everything.
I look normal on the outside, but on the inside, things are messed up. Messed up in my mind.
My open hope, is that I find a partner in life, that loves, accepts me, and can talk openly about stuff - even mental health.