Over the past few weeks I’ve observed behavior patterns of others, whether it’s family, friends, co-workers and I wonder what it will take for some of them to get the proper help needed to improve the quality of life for themselves and others around them. It saddens me that there’s hundreds/millions of people who remain undiagnosed with mental illness due to being afraid of how they’ll be perceived and not willing to be held accountable for themselves. It’s even worse when family/friends refuse to step up out of fear of losing a friend because of it. Well, I’m the friend who will risk losing you-but will tell you that you need help and will work hard to ensure you get it.
I’m an advocate for getting the proper help needed to help you live a life that’s worth living. I’m not big on “hiding” how I feel or what I go through. Mental health has plagued my family for years. Some have been diagnosed many have not-However, If I knew back then, what I know now…………. But God!
Personally-I have family who suffer with a mental illness(diagnoses range from bi-polar, schizophrenia, depression, etc.). So, for me, it’s real and I know first-hand the fight, the struggle, the emotional turmoil that it has on our family. I know the emotional roller coaster that it causes especially when one or the other refuses to take their medication because they believe they can “beat it” on their own.
I advocate because a huge part of me understands where the emotional strain comes from. What they may have endured, and haven’t let go of, a fear of not being accepted socially-unable to truly be their authentic selves out of fear of how they may be perceived-by this world and the people in it.
Because mental health can appear in many different forms; it often goes undiagnosed. Sometimes symptoms of a mental health disorder appear as physical problems, such as stomach pain, back pain, headache, or other unexplained aches and pains, etc.
Signs and symptoms of mental illness can vary, depending on the disorder, circumstances and other factors. Mental illness symptoms can affect emotions, thoughts and behaviors.
Examples of signs and symptoms include:
It’s truly time that we acknowledge all past hurts, fears, things that keep us in bondage. No matter how old the pain/hurt is…it must be brought to the surface and dealt with accordingly.
And be reminded that, when you deal with your hurt-you cannot project how you feel onto someone else. Meaning, No one projects better or more frequently than a narcissist. They've practiced, honed and refined projection to a fine art. Whatever they're up to, by some mental “abracadabra,” suddenly they're innocent and you're the one up to no-good.
Help is available, should you be willing to admit and commit to getting it.
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