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Did or does one or both of your parents have an anxiety disorder?
My mother tends to get (very) anxious over certain situations. However, I don’t believe she has panic attacks, and she hasn’t been to a psychiatrist to be diagnosed with anything.
Although you didn’t ask, my sister definitely has anxiety and panic issues as well as depression – and may have something more going on such as a mood disorder, in my opinion.
If you had a choice to go back and change your life, would you keep or change the troubles you had and have with mental illness? What is your answer and why?
A rather difficult question, though it has crossed my mind once or twice.
I could probably write a whole article about this topic. But I’ll try to keep it minimal.
(Keep in mind, I’m considering the fact that I am diagnosed and have a lot of knowledge about myself and mental illness.)
There is a part of me that would love to be relieved of the suffering I have had to and still do endure. There are things about my past that could have gone a lot better had I not been mentally ill. My whole life right now would probably be a lot different; I would likely have gone to college, have a career, maybe have had better relationships (both friends in person & intimate) and have a family by now – just as a few examples of the big impact it has had on me. When I’m very depressed – suicidal even, or when I’m simply unable to do certain tasks – then it’s especially hard NOT to wish my troubles were just gone. I blame my mental illness for a lot of things.
However, I have had some positive things come out of it.
For example, I feel that I am stronger as a person in general because I have experienced it for so long, and have in many ways learned to cope with it – at least to some extent. It’s part of who I am now, and I believe it’s shaped me to be a better, more genuine and sympathetic person as well.
Based on how my attitude used to be, I feel that I would have been a lot cockier and possibly even somewhat of an asshole. Because of my mental illness, I know that people are and life is fragile. I’m forced to think about positive things – things that make life worth living – to keep going. And I don’t take as many things for granted.
I’ve met a lot of other good, even awesome people who are in similar situations with mental illness or know someone else with it. My best friends now have had some sort of experience with mental illness.
My relationship with some of family – especially my mother – has become stronger. My mother told me she learned that -she- is stronger because of her experiences with me as well. We’ve been through a lot.
Spreading awareness of mental health issues is important to me too, and likely wouldn’t be otherwise. I’d like to believe I’ve helped out a lot of people as well; that makes me feel nice — and that I’m even able to in such a way. I may have even been ignorant about mental illness like so many people are (unfortunately) otherwise.
This isn’t a complete list, but I hope you get the point.
With that said, I’m going to have to say if I could “go back”, I wouldn’t change the fact that I have/had a mental illness in general. But if I could choose to “pick and remove” certain things about it and my life without it affecting other things, then I would be happy to do that. I’m not going to lie, having mental illness at times is incredibly difficult and I could be quoted saying that I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy; so of course I’d like to rid of certain things now – that’s why I go to therapy and take a lot of medication, to minimize the suffering. At the same time, I like who I am as a person, the connections I’ve made with people, and even some of the experiences I’ve had due to mental illness. I wouldn’t want to just have a life with a ton of unknowns and differences now out of nowhere, that’s scary.
I hope this answers your question. Like I said, it’s a difficult question. And it really depends on the circumstances.
Hi, I think it’s great what you are doing and trying to spread information about a topic that is rarely discussed.
What medications have/are helping you with your disorder? Do you feel the benefits outweigh the risks (side effects)? Have they helped you lead a more normal life? Are you to able to function better, especially as it relates to your inability to focus.
Thanks again for all your doing. I think it’s awesome!!!!!
Hi, thanks for the positive feedback. I’m glad to do so!
I have a medication list here: medication list
Luckily I don’t have many side effects from them right now. However, I’ve been on some that had more side effects.
They do help me a lot, but I believe it takes a combination of medication and a lot of effort to change both old habits and lifestyle. Good therapy is helpful in achieving some of that, or at least getting a push in the right direction.
I am able to focus a bit better due to the meds and coping skills I’ve learned reducing quite a few of my symptoms – especially racing thoughts, anxiety and hallucinations etc.
So overall, I do feel that it’s worth it to be medicated as long as it is helping! It took a while to find the right combination which can be frustrating and people often give up – but once you do find it, daily life is a lot better.
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