Mental Health Blog Public Service Announcement

Kudos to all those with mental health struggles who are in a stable place and feeling good. You have EVERY right to spew your messages of optimism and self empowerment. But if you are going to put your blog in the mental health category…Perhaps you could put all of your “I’m cured” spewage in a different one? Because while you may think your message of positivity is helping everyone…For some of us, it’s more damaging. Is it fair? Nope. It’s not fair that some people get better and some people continue to struggle no matter how hard they try, either. Perhaps the goal is not to make people feel bad but to plant yourself as an example of “I did it, you can too!” This could be a lifesaver for some. For others, like me, it’s as counter productive as those who believe mental illness to be a fallacy.

Allow me to post some generic, but appropriate examples.

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What this sounds like to someone still depressed after months of battles, med changes, and side effects:

weak

complain

Depressed mind hears:

lazy

 

In closing…

trying

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18 Responses to “Mental Health Blog Public Service Announcement”

  1. Thank you soooooo much for saying this!!!!

    • You are welcome. I wavered on whether to post it or not because telling the truth seems to alienate people…Then I decided I didn’t care because I am just being honest. If honesty alienates, I’m not sure those are the kinds of people who are healthy to be surrounding me. Glad it resonated for you.

  2. Thank you for this! I will keep this in mind when I’m tagging my posts. I really appreciate your honesty

    • And thank you for not taking it as some rude affront. I am sure during my brief periods of recovery and stability I have said/written things that were detrimental to those still struggling, so shame on me. The mental health bloggers need to support each other, not (inadvertently) make others feel bad. So glad you appreciated my honesty when so many do not.

  3. I vote you spokesperson and president and queen and all the things. Like yesterday. I literally cannot go through the tags anymore because all I find are posts telling me how if I stay in the sun long enough, I’m going to eventually be happy. No, son. I’ll be tan as fuck, with an increase of skin cancer. My goodness. Let me find an island somewhere away from all this.

    • Queen of all things? Hmm…That sounds like a lot of responsibility which my anxiety will not respond well to…Maybe I could be assistant queen? LOL.

      Yeah, the sunshine/sunlight/diet/exercise/positive thought thing has become a trigger to make me want to slap people with a fish. I’ve tried it all. I mean, having my chakras aligned, aromatherapy, color therapy, light therapy, hypnosis…It’s not that we’re not trying it’s just that one size doesn’t fit all and that makes the world uneasy.

      Long live the barbwire dildos of doom! Doomdos. Hmm…Maybe….

      On Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 5:44 PM, Take a Ride on My Mood Swing wrote:

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  4. You can cure yourself, be your own hero, it’s all in your mind, why are you looking at me like that, what is that sharp object for, not the face, not the face…. HELP HELP

    • Did you miss the disclaimer? “Optimists shall be stabbed with the horn of the pegacorn”? It doesn’t hurt and you’re not bleeding, tis all in your head, my dear.

      On Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 7:02 PM, Take a Ride on My Mood Swing wrote:

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      • Laugh as they repeat ‘It’s all in the mind’ over again, huddled in the corner and rocking
        The medics saying ‘I thought they were cured’
        You just shrugging and answering ‘Nothing happened’!

      • My dad used to pinch me and say he didn’t feel a thing so it didn’t happen. Since a parent taught me that, I have plausible deniability for life, right?

        On Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 7:07 PM, Take a Ride on My Mood Swing wrote:

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      • My mum would say “You can cry you head off, you’re OK” or “You’re alive”
        That’s my parental reference material and as I jokingly inform my mother, her NHS style upbringing is why I’m so screwed up, which in our family means we’re so much less fluffy that other folk we either offend them or get infuriated by them!
        That’s why I like your writing, no fluffy crap and to the core, more worryingly I was using the term ‘In the dish’ in my head…. You managed to break me even more!!

      • It’s a flaw, I break all my toys eventually 😉

        On Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 7:18 PM, Take a Ride on My Mood Swing wrote:

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    • By they way…I too spew darkness. crypticverse.wordpress.com

  5. GREAT POST! Forgive the all caps, but just had to shout it.

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