The Worst Thing About Mental Illness

Vix xxx

  1. Ali Caitrin

    July 25th, 2017 at 11:32

    I had similar reactions when I started telling people that I was on antidepressants and it was so uncomfortable, I wanted to stick up for myself but at the time I just didn’t have the energy.. I know it was the right decision and that’s all that matters!

    I’m glad you’ve got some people around you who are supportive 🙂

  2. Lisa Bruno

    July 25th, 2017 at 20:00

    Work reactions can be tricky. When I had post natal (many moons ago now) my boss at the time suggested what I needed was a “few good walks in the park”.

    Having gone through difficult times a few years ago I finally went to my GP for help (not easy, right?) and decided to let my work know after that I was taking medication. Reaction was “oh you don’t want to go down that route, slippery slope!”.

    Even my husband who is absolutely lovely, “wasn’t keen” on me taking anything.

    Reactions like these can make you feel very alone.

    On the positive side, after a year on Sertraline I did feel loads better and actually don’t take anything now. Still have anxious days but Anxiety isn’t such a permanent feature.

    All the best to fellow sufferers xX

  3. Madeleine

    July 25th, 2017 at 20:30

    So much this. After my breakdown the number of people who ‘splained my illness to me. I was seeing a therapist and taking meds but these know-it-alls just knew more than my doctors or me about my brain. It made it worse. I was already exhausted from being sick, I didn’t need to spend my time dealing with these idiots.

  4. Noor Unnahar Siddique

    July 25th, 2017 at 21:41

    LOVED every bit of it

  5. Em

    July 25th, 2017 at 21:57

    My partners own judgement of himself is the worst thing about his mental illness. I’ve suffered and am suffering myself, more anxiety than depression these days, but I’ve been there. And I have tried to explain to him that it’s okay not to be okay. And that it’s okay to accept that depression is not just something any of us can ‘snap out’ of. That sometimes we all need a helping hand. I have tried to tell him that medication isn’t for everyone but it is also something to try when your body and brain needs a rest. But he just can’t get past the stigma in himself. I have tried to find the help in our area for cognative help but they are just beyond useless. I think those of us with mental illness also need to learn to give ourselves a break as well on occasion, and I think not being able to do that can be the worst part of mental illness

  6. Holly White

    July 26th, 2017 at 06:07

    This is so true. It’s so difficult when people don’t understand. It’s hard to be around people who just say the completely wrong thing or make you feel like you’re off your marbles!

    I have to remind myself that people often mean no harm and to try not to let it get to me, but it’s definitely hard xxxx

  7. Charlene McElhinney

    July 26th, 2017 at 09:20

    I needed to read this today. Thank you, Vix…

  8. Gabrielle Snow

    July 26th, 2017 at 09:56

    So true… Between the people who just don’t get it and tell you to “snap out of it/ what do have to stress about/cheer up” and those who want to appear to be in a worth state than you… It’s already hard to suffer from a mental illness but it’s also hard to explain and to be understood so it’s really nice when someone just accepts you for who you are, flaws and issues.
    xx Gaby

  9. Maria

    July 26th, 2017 at 11:48

    Most people around me didn’t get it when I spent three years in the deep end of depression and anxiety (hormone-induced depression). My father never understood how I felt (or how I didn’t feel, to put it better) and still to this date probably thinks I “pulled myself out of the funk” by cheering up or something, not thanks to medication.
    My boyfriend was the best support for me during those years, even if I could barely bring myself to be a normal loving human being with him.
    I’m so glad I’m 99% back to my normal self, but I always look over my shoulder scared that depression is looming over me.
    x Maria

  10. Emma Harrison

    July 26th, 2017 at 12:34

    Such a powerful post – thanks Vix x

    Emma |

  11. Sarah

    July 26th, 2017 at 13:58

    Such an amazingly written post. Everyone needs to read this! The comment I’ve had the most is the ‘but you’re always smiling’ one… The biggest thing for me is I try to cover up my depression in fear of having to talk about it as I’ve had a fair few moments in the past where no one has believed me or someone had made nasty comments, so I smile and try to get on with it but I suffer afterwards. Luckily my husband is the most supportive person and that makes it 10 times better.

  12. Ellis Woolley

    July 26th, 2017 at 17:53

    Very relatable post. When I was at my old job (I quit back in May) my boss would always say to me ‘what can I do, what do you want me to do to relieve your stress’ and I was like mate, shhh. It wasn’t as simple as that x x
    Ellis //

  13. Brittany Brolley

    July 26th, 2017 at 22:02

    This was such a beautiful post. It really resonated with me as I think I’ve experienced each type of person you mentioned. I feel really fortunate to have a husband who gets it, but sadly that’s because he battles mental illness too. I’ve also got a mom who definitely does not get it, though she will constantly tell me she does ?

    “There should be a term for mental illness-splainers but until then that’ll do.” True that!

    Thanks for tackling such a difficult subject with dignity and grace.

  14. Michelle

    August 1st, 2017 at 06:24

    I can completely relate to all those scenarios! I’ve tried talking about my depression with my family and they simply don’t understand it. I smile on the outside but on the inside, I feel empty, unloved and like a walking corpse without anywhere to go. But when I talk about my problems they say to ‘just think positive’ like I haven’t done that already. It’s so annoying! I hope to one day be able to find someone who understands my mental illness. ♥

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