I feel humbled on a daily basis when I read about the daily struggles many of you have with Mental Health issues, which take many forms.
I’ve learned so much about the different aspects of depression, bipolar, self harm, suicide, also I’ve learned that our various health services are not always the best, certainly in many areas under funded and not able to serve the community as a whole, so many of us go through years of different diagnoses, medication, therapy to no avail and with no real support available.
My own experiences with medical profession has been a mixed bag, until you find a doctor that has time and is willing to listen I felt that your just medicated and sent on your way, which believe me doesn’t help without consistent support the pills don’t work.
I also found it quite odd that when I did go to the GP I was given a tick list of possible symptoms and from that a diagnoses was made, nobody wanted to talk to me and I felt as though I was wasting their valuable time with my problems, especially when you go back over and over you come across as hysterical, and spoken to like a child, and of course they up your medication.
I stopped taking my meds when I read the possible side effects, scared the crap out of me, so I stopped taking them , and went through a pretty nasty withdrawal period, but at least I didn’t feel as though I was wading through treacle, I was then given a leaflet with a number on it, sometimes I felt as though being moved along on a conveyor belt to the next stop.
Medication helps but you need the support to go with it, and you can’t always get that from friends and family, if your lucky as I was a hero comes along and that made all the difference.
So back to community with those that I follow I feel a connection a common bond and we can support each other through our words here, because also this is the place where we can really be honest and our followers understand.
This is not about giving medical advice but offering support and perhaps in the different geographical areas there are places or organisations who can be contacted, this is also about sharing resources, and mostly letting others know they are not alone.
Over the next few days I’ll be re-blogging posts and a few are writing posts for the feature that you might find helpful and gain additional readership, as a community at least on here we can create a strong community of support to raise awareness and diminish the stigma of Mental Health issues.