Hi John — thanks for the note. I’m sorry to hear about your brother, but I’m glad to hear that it seems like you’ve found a way to manage your depression. But you’re right — at the moment, we make it way too hard for the mentally ill to get the right help. It’s heartbreaking.
good for you! It’s never been much of an option for me as I’m not the best at reaction time. My brain needs time to process and understand. So I don’t always feel comfortable being able to respond in the moment. I often judge myself for it, like I’m letting women down. But I’ve gotten to a place where it’s not on me to educate those people. It’s on them.
for sure! and I love the idea of flipping the “Cool Girl” thing. Like the “Good Guy” or … “Doting Boyfriend” or whatever is definitely a trap I think I’ve seen people fall into. Either believing they should be that way or that their partners should
I struggle with this. I think, for sure, there are unrealistic expectations that both men and women put on one another. And that can be harmful.
However, there’s this interesting idea of the “mental load” that’s been gaining popularity recently. About how women are just expected to be on top of all this stuff. Are expected…
Thanks James! And I’m so glad to hear you’re doing well at the moment. I think the unknown is often the scariest thing in mental illness. It took me a while into my recovery to stop feeling paranoid that a huge relapse was inevitable.
Oh boy do I feel this! I was definitely at the mercy of my last doctor. If I hadn’t been taken to a much better doctor after my hospitalization I would probably be in a much worse place
Thanks for your thoughtful response!
I disagree. Framing mental illness like other diseases, such as diabetes or cancer, can help the mentally ill and those surrounding them better understand treatment, hospitalization, and the lifespan of the illness. I believe that this, in turn, leads to more people seeking treatment.