When I tell people what I do, I often get questions about mental illnesses. Like, what does someone have if they do XYZ? I don’t really like diagnosing hypothetical strangers based on an out-of-context list of symptoms, but even more so, I don’t like reducing wonderfully complex people to a mere label. It limits their view of themselves and my view of them. I prefer to focus on people’s strengths rather than their problems, and yet I think it is helpful to talk about disorders. Often, the silence on these topics leads to confusion, shame, stigmas and misunderstandings. Even though I am proud of the large amount of dust on my DSM (manual of mental disorders), I am going to write a series of posts on some of the most misunderstood mental disorders. My aim is not to help you understand them in clinical sense, but that you could better empathize and connect with real people that you know that are affected by these illnesses. I will try to address each of the disorders with the upmost respect in order that we could all be better to each other. Please comment below or send me a message if you have a “favorite” illness you’d like me to address in this series. First up: Narcolepsy.
9 thoughts on “Intro to series: What you should know about mental illness”
I’d be interested to hear some about anxiety – it’s my favorite mental illness. 😉 As a person who’s experienced it daily for a large part of my life, I have a soft place in my heart for people who struggle with it. Now that I no longer live with it, I have realized how different (and amazing) it is to feel “normal.” It’s also hard to explain to others and even harder to apply the advice of well-intentioned people trying to help while trying to understand why you are stuck.
Hi Anxious Anne! I’m so glad that you’ve overcome anxiety. Could you please tell me how you’ve dealt with it. I have lived with anxiety all of my life. I believe it’s hereditary.
I was an abandoned baby but thank God I was put into an orphanage a few days after birth.
Hi Annie, Great idea! I will consider posting on anxiety! Thanks for sharing a little of your story here.
Hi beccyjoy! Yes, please, when you have time, give us some help on how to minimize or overcome anxiety in our daily lives. I have so many friends who are suffering from anxiety. Some of us have been taking medications to help us cope with live. Yes, I know prayer does help. God bless!
Looking forward to this! Have fun!