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Do you know someone or are you someone with a mental illness? Can you share something about it?

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I suffer Depression.

It started 15 years ago, a few months after I started working a few hrs with men inside maximum security jails.

Before that, I was a picture of health.
I take my little white pill every night before bedtime.

Also my poor mother had it, my brother has it...and 2 of his sons had it and they committed suicide.
My eldest son has it, and I think also my middle son shows signs of it.

My youngest son, is the total opposite!
He is the most happy guy on the planet, and has no problems with life at all.

Depression a.k.a. ''Black Dog' is the worst!

I would be able to cope with the normal illness, but depression is intimidating.
One can think something is living inside your head.

I thank God for a wonderful doctor, and my little white tablet every single night.
People have little education even today if you ask them about it.

For me, it just makes me see the world in a few ways, if it shows it's very ugly head.
1.I may wake feeling as if the world is coming to an end.
2.Fear will grip me, all the time.
3.I can only see grey days.
4.All my happy thoughts are totally gone.
5.More Fear, and more and more.

My first point to get it to go away, is Pray.
I pray until I feel better.
my tablet.

Both work extremely well...What causes depression is:
The neurotransmitter function is
Neurotransmitters are chemicals that carry signals from one part of the brain to
the next.
There are many neurotransmitters serving different purposes. However, three
important ones that affect a person’s mood are serotonin, noradrenaline and dopamine.

In normal brain function, neurotransmitters interact with a series of nerve cells, with the
signal being as strong in the second and subsequent cells as it was in the first.
With my brain my neurotransmitters fail to function normally, so
that the signal is either depleted or disrupted before passing to the next nerve cell.

Simple, so the tablet I take helps greatly.
Praying is also such a help for me,and I become very much at peace.

p.s...yes still going into jails, and feeling fine when I do!
Thank you so much for writing this reply.
Truth is, I too suffer depression, and am medicated daily.
It affects my work and relationships.
I have good days and bad days.
All the best!
by pippa
pippa I once when inside a chemist, and this one was a tad different from most.
It had a area that had a whole lot of small brochures free to take.

One would be on 'breastfeeding' one on 'migraine headaches' and all up it must have had about 15 ,each brochure had it's own 'Title' and where the ones go for Depression it was all out.!
I have read it is one of the fastest health issues of modern life. Always know we are many :)
by jonaja
I am certain that two people I know have some sort of mental illness.
by Vee
Two with schizophrenia. It is very wearing as they go on and on (and on!) about the same things and they seem to start over whenever they see you. You start to feel a bit crazy yourself if exposed for too long. With people who have no mental illness it is much easier to continue a thread of discussion. One of the ones I know talks about sex at very inappropriate times. Neither of these two people have been violent to my knowledge. Both of them can be a bit sly. I have no idea if that goes with the illness. A third one was the worst but she has just passed away. She was very persecuted by thoughts of spies, implants and her dead sibling. She was also sexually inappropriate. In all cases, they kept going off their medication and having "episodes". It seems common that they all have the paranoia about been drugged. Very sad.
by Rice
Rice, I also know a person who was once plagued by thoughts of spies, drugs, (not implants), and a dead sibling. Apart from them, I know only one other person who is certainly affected by some form of mental malaise.
by Vee
I know lots of people with mental illness and I too have a mental illness ( not depression). I used to go to a mental health support group every week. I felt like I was the only sane one there !! They would go to group and talk about their week, but they wouldn't ever leave their comfort zone , and they wouldn't do anything to help themselves or to change. Some had been ill for at least 20 years, but they wouldn't do anything to help themselves change. They were the same person they were 20 years ago. It really frustrated me. I challenged them about it and they knew I was right, but wouldn't go out of their comfort zone to help themselves. This was a daytime group. One of these ladies, I took to an anxiety support group at night to be her support person. I used to have generalized anxiety disorder, but with therapy and medication I am better now. Anyway, I would take this lady to the group, but after about 6 months she lost interest. She knew what they were saying was right, but didn't want to help herself. She did want to change but was too scared to, I guess. I know a lot of people with bipolar as well . My best friend has depression and anxiety but she wanted to change and really is a new person compared to when I met her. She still gets anxious sometimes as most people do, but I am always there to help her out, and we get through it together. I have a lot of personal experience with mental illness, and I have it myself. I could go on and on about the people I know and the experiences I have had. I believe in God, but suffice to say, God helps those who help themselves.
That's such an odd saying. Those most in need of help would be those least able to help themselves, so it's like saying "God only helps those who don't really need help."
"God helps those who help themselves" is probably the most often quoted phrase that is NOT found in the Bible. the Bible teaches the opposite. God helps the helpless! Isaiah 25:4 declares, "For You have been a defense for the helpless, a defense for the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat..
by jonaja
Apparently the phrase used to be "the gods help those who help themselves", which makes more sense if you think about the personalities of, say, the Greek gods.
Mental illness is so common I think probably everyone knows someone with a mental illness whether they are aware of it or not. I know quite a few people who suffer from depression and other types of mental illness.
My beautiful partner who i met 12years ago suffers depression. When we first started dating his depression was severe. He would overdose on his medication and he would cut his arms to pieces. I found this frightening and confronting. He was so acares and lost but he allways said he loves me and i love him deeply. Over time with different doctors, psychs & counselors and many many changes of medication his depression is managed much better now. He even managed to give up smoking this time. He is my best friend and i love him forever in sicknes and in health for ever

Having worked in the mental health system in Melbourne for twenty five years I have had contact with many people who have had varying degrees of mental illness from "mild" to "severe"). It is commendable that nowadays mental illness is becoming more recognised as an illness with less of a stigma, however we still have a long way to go on that score.
Yep, a long, long, long way to go and the people that "deal" with this affliction are the people that need to exhibit a little more compassion to those suffering from this illness and to educate themselves up on this disease.
by fran.
I refrain from using the term 'suffer' in regard to any illness. I would prefer to use "has a diagnosis of....." or "experiences (this illness)'. A positive narrative around illnesses - particular mental health and dementia is important to 'normalise' the dis-ease rather than segment it into something abnormal or to be fear. I have a long history of severe depression, suicidal thoughts and panic/anxiety disorder. This has not prevented me from working as a professional in a health related setting for 40 years. Having studied Family Therapy for 2 years, I also have had to research my maternal and paternal family patterns. This has certainly assisted in my understanding of family 'patterns'. This has been extremely helpful and assisted me to understand why I experience the symptoms which I have. I am not sure of the statistics, but I would guess that more than 50% of the population has some form of mental illness. Admitting this reduces the 'stigma' which used to be associated with mental health issues. Good on you for asking the question Pippa. In answer to your question - 'yes'' I know of many, many people who experience some degree of poor mental health. Possibly more than I know of people with poor physical health.
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