After finding out that there are many here who are affected by mental health issues, I felt like a thread dedicated to it would help foster discussion.
It could be to used to discuss challenges, day-to-day life, find a sympathetic ear, or just reach out and find others who may be going through a similar situation.
I'll start to break the ice :)
Ahem, my name is Fishcurl and I was diagnosed with clinical depression in my early 20s. I suspect that I was actually suffering from it much earlier than that given that I tried to kill myself when I was 14. My parents did not understand, especially my mom. They felt I was "just being a teenager."
Since my diagnosis and subsequent ongoing treatment, things have, for the most part, improved. I have accomplished more than I could have if it were not for the support of my husband and my doctor. That isn't to say that I don't have relapses.
I was free of symptoms for years until I became pregnant with my daughter and developed ante-partum depression. Fortunately it was caught early and was under control before she was born. Since then I've had mini-relapses and one big relapse earlier this year.
Sometimes it feels like I'll never put myself back together after a relapse and that each time it gets harder to pull out. My close family knows about my disease but my friends and acquaintances do not. Although I know my disease is valid and real, every time I think about telling someone I feel like I'm giving them an excuse for why I let them down or that they would treat me differently or think I was lazy, anti-social, etc.
That said, I know there are people worse off than I and am thankful that I have support and coping mechanisms in place.
So there's my story. I don't need any response, it is what it is and I'm okay with that :)
Do feel free to add your own story, ask questions, or just chat.