Giving a Voice to the Silence offers positive angles to the issue that faces those with mental illness. Living with Schizo-Affective Disorder and being able to share my experiences with others, is the best way I know how to pay it forward. Life can be difficult, my goal is to bring a bit of hope to a place where many feel there is none.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Life and the effects it has on Mental Illness/Bipolar Disorder

How can you find the words for people to understand how life can effect people differently? I have a friend that has stood by me for the last 3 years, knows my past and has supported me in my attempt to lead a “normal” life, but has a difficult time understanding that my depression tends to be worse over what people may see as merely sad or upsetting.

I post the details of this for a reason, for those who feel
they are “the only ones,” will know they are not and maybe for us to
realize that we need to somehow have people understand that though
emotionally we may be different, we are not hopeless.

It happened yesterday. I let a friend down, in my mind. They say it’s no big deal, it wasn’t my fault, our friendship is the same and put it out of my mind…………Well, I haven’t eaten much in the last 2 days. Had a major headache yesterday due to stress and my stomach is in knots. Depression that has been controllable for quite some time has now hit full force. Does this sound familiar? I sound so pitiful right now!

The best we can do is remember we are strong, we will see tomorrow and find the best way to take care of ourselves.