Dealing with anxiety and depression (or any other mental illness for that reason) is hard. We can’t do things would like or love to do. It takes time away from friends and family and can really make you feel alone. If you don’t have a good support network in place life can be miserable. Please, if you deal with mental illness reach out to someone. Sometimes just having someone to talk to can help. If you know someone with a mental illness, listen to them, try to understand, and just be there for them.
1.) What mental illness do you have?
I deal with Anxiety and Depression. I don’t think of these as an illness but rather an issue.
2.) When were you diagnosed?
I was diagnosed with depression as a teen. The anxiety has been more recent like 3 years ago when it really became an issue. I think I’ve had longer though.
3.) Who knows about it?
Family and close friends. It’s not something I talk about a lot in a face to face situation. My blog is the first place that I have really opened up about it because it is hard.
4.) Do you receive treatment for it?
Yes, I take 100 mg of Sertaraline HCL every morning. I hate having to take medication every day, but it does help because I know when I forget to take it for a couple days. I have also gone through CBT counseling to help deal with how my brain thinks about worries.
5.) Has your mental illness stopped you from doing anything?
Yes! Too many things to count. I love to drive, but since the anxiety has come on strong, I don’t get out as much. I am slowly getting better at dealing with it though as I have been able to take a few trips recently.
6.) Is there anything in particular that has helped you?
Yes, my husband has been a tremendous help to me. He “gets it” as he dealt with anxiety for a while too. My family has been good also. Supportive and willing to listen (well at least most of them).
7.) Can you describe what it feels like to have your mental illness?
Take your worst possible fear and multiply that by about 12. Sometimes it can something little sometimes it’s something big, but once I start to think about it, the anxiety gets worse from there. I hate not being able to do the things that I love to do. I feel like such a burden on my husband at times because I have a hard time leaving the house.
8.) What is a common misconception about your mental illness?
That you can just “get over it”. I hear this way too many times.
9.) What do you find the most difficult to deal with?
Not being able to do what I want to when I want to. Just a trip to the store can be such an ordeal. I just want to be done with this. I want to be able to get in my car and go whenever I want to rather than when I think I feel ok enough to handle it.
10.) Do you have anything else you’d like to say?
First, I want to say a very big Thank you to my husband for helping through some of my anxiety. He has been a godsend to me every day. If you deal with mental illness, reach out for help, you are not alone! If you know someone with a mental illness, lend them an ear. Sometimes just talking about it help so so much.
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