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Yes, people don't want to face it.
So true...sadly. Even those in helping professions are afraid to handle it.
OMG, Coleen. What a thing to say! Of course, I've gotten the same kind of comments about my anxiety and depression over the last 40 years, too. It took a near-cutting attempt at age 40+ to convince my mother how serious this all really was - and even now, she asks why my doctor can't tell me something to "make this go away." Today, in talking to my psychiatrist, I finally thought of a comeback - next time she says something, I'm going to ask her, what does your cardiologist tell you to do to make your condition go away?
Joan, You will be saying that for all of us. Your not alone...
Thank you, Jennifer...it feels good, as you well know, not to be alone in the hell that is/are these disorders that nobody can see...
Thank you Joan and Jennifer. Even though this was in high school, this how she handles anything difficult except now she just doesn't contact me. We haven't communicated with each other in the past two years, even though I almost died from pneumonia in 2009 and have continued to have physical and mental health problems. I feel better that we are not in contact...it is toxic for me at this time.
Oh, thank you Rebecca and Sharon.
Oh wow, I can almost relate word for word. Only I never saw a therapist, and my Grandmother just explained that I was too sensitive. What a horrible feeling for us and so many others to go through. It is amazing I am still here but I am greatful for that.
My parents did almost the same thing when I was in high school. The only difference was after the attempt that landed me in the hospital every time they thought my moods were not appropriate for the situation they would drop me off at any psych ward with an open bed and pretend I did not exist. They never talked about anything, ever. Now they wonder why I do not come home or call. I wish more people understood this issue.
OMG, everyone. I've had better luck than any of you, "just" the above that still goes on, and I'm 54. They try to understand but there has always been a "think your way past it" mentality and a "it's unpleasant, just don't talk about it" attitude in the family about such things. I was in partial hospitalization 19 years ago - that's when I began to start healing, but I don't think anyone really understands that this is like heart disease or cancer or such - there is no "cure." "And yes, Irene, "too sensitive" or "too high-strung" were the worst things one could be called.
I've had and currently am in my 20th (non-consequitive) year of therapy and have had four psychiatric hospitalizations. I'm happier that I've ever been before and I still have stuff I need to "deal" with. Joan, I agree, but the one's who have experienced it they make the therapists!! HUGS EVERYONE
I have never been in full hospitalization - don't ask me how - I've been close. I don't have the temperament to be a therapist - way too much of an introvert. I don't know that I'm happy - I feel I have a good day if I'm content.
with no depression and no anxiety attacks...
I have attempted suicide countless times, and I honestly don't know how I'm still alive. The doctor at the hospital I went to last time treated me like I was about five years old and basically told me how stupid I am. Like that's going to help.... I'm not in therapy at the moment because it doesn't seem to help, but I just self-harmed again and feel very hopeless. Sometimes I just don't know what to do...
None of us will, Malia, we've all been there - at least thought of it! Some doctors are assh*les - and the one you encountered definitely was and doesn't deserve to be practicing! It doesn't sound like you have found the right therapist - or the right meds. Are you taking medication? It's a lot of work to find the right doc, medication, and form of treatment that helps one - and that's super-difficult when you're already feeling, as you say, hopeless. We're all here...
Malia, yes we all have been there. It is not hopeless and neither are you. Joan is right medication, finding the right doctor and therapist is important for recovery. However, you can get better. Self-harm is an addiction, so it is cyclical. Tension/emotions - self-harm - won't do it again - guilt/tension/emotions - self-harm, etc. You can find things other ways of coping with your emotions. Hopelessness is part of your depression and addiction.. Yes,...we are all here...
Malia, I noticed that you are following some of my mental health board. I also have some Therapy ~ boards at the end of my wall that you might like and find some encouragement.
sometimes this is really true
This rule holds true for "I'm fine" too.
You are important and you matter!
Oh. So. True.