Welcome to my Blog!
I am an adult living with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder Depressive Type, and PTSD with severe dissociation. I also recently got diagnosed with OCD, and am being treated for overcontrolling thought patterns and behaviors. In addition, my Agoraphobia has been making a resurgence, as of late. This blog is to chronicle my journey with mental illness and mental health, and some of the roadblocks I may hit along the way.
You may call me Chaos.
When I was first diagnosed, I didn’t know what kind of rollercoaster I was in for. All the different diagnoses along the way, to get to these, and even these may not be “right,” you know? All the different medications, just to have them stop working, try new ones, they stop working, keep going, begin again… Being suicidal, attempting suicide, being admitted to the psychiatric hospital. Wash, rinse, repeat. This all started in 2003. I am still in the midst of it.
“To survive it is often necessary to fight and to fight you have to dirty yourself.”
“If you fall behind, run faster. Never give up, never surrender, and rise up against the odds.”
“Do not be ashamed of the wars your soul has fought to save itself.”
If I had to choose one thing about mental illness and mental health, that I could change, just one thing… I would choose to remove the stigma about having mental health problems and receiving help for them. So many people lose their battle with depression and suicidal thoughts, or PTSD and other trauma disorders, because they are afraid to get help.
How would it look to the people around them? What would other people think? Or… their family refuses to “allow” it, in the case of minors. If it were more normalized to go to therapy and a psychiatrist, if the psychiatrist were just another doctor, like going to the primary care or the dentist, people who desperately need help might actually reach out, through their fear and anxiety and ask for the help they need.
“Not everything that weighs you down is yours to carry.”
“Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t realize you left open.”
“She believed she could, so she did.”