Mental health fluff

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Mental health fluff
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Tue, 10-22-2013 - 11:12am

Since some questions were left unanswered on the other thread, here goes:

1. Do you have personal experience, yourself or someone close to you, of going through a mental illness, either severe like bipolar or schizophrenia, or less serious like anxiety or PPD that required treatment?

2. Do you consider it stigmatizing to have a mentally ill family member? IOW, if you have been in this situation, is it something you talk to others about or do you try to avoid the subject?

3. Do you consider mental illness to be a controversial subject, and if so, in what way?

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Tue, 10-22-2013 - 5:15pm

rollmops2009 wrote:
I am not so sure about that. Sometimes, more often I think, it is because both sides in a debate have very strong beliefs or reactions to something.

True.   But I also think that those strong beliefs or reactions are to misinformation - or at least to things that aren't FACTS.

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Tue, 10-22-2013 - 10:22pm

no. I don't bring up diagnoses for either physical or mental illnesses if the person who has the condition would rather keep it quiet, but I don't hide anything,

I agree with this.  I know when DD was dx diabetes we were careful about who we shared the news with b/c the last thing we wanted was pity.  My family was supportive and my sister asked my permission to share it with others she knew.  I'd think of mental illness the same way. 

 


 


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Wed, 10-23-2013 - 3:30am
"But I also think that those strong beliefs or reactions are to misinformation - or at least to things that aren't FACTS." ------- Again, not sure I agree. There are legitimate reasons other than cold, hard fact to hold a certain position - ethics, faith etc.
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Wed, 10-23-2013 - 6:08am
Savcal, further to above (since I can't get it to take an edit), I think that is why it puzzles me how MI would be controversial. It is hard for me to see how anything other than facts would enter into it and I can't easily see where any ambiguity would enter into it either, which is why I chalk "controversy" in this case up to ignorance and/or misinformation.
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Wed, 10-23-2013 - 6:15am
Jams, I get that one wouldn't share any kind of DX with just anybody, willy-nilly. OTOH, things like that are often discussed here, and you too did share with us your dd's diabetes DX, as you also in the past posted about your other dd's selective mutism, as far as I remember. That was very helpful to me, since my own dd had some similar issues at one point.
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Wed, 10-23-2013 - 6:59am
What are the hard facts about mental illness mops? savcal?

 


 


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Wed, 10-23-2013 - 7:07am

This question you are asking is very strange, Jamblessed. Look up mental illness in a reputable encyclopedia. Read the NIMH website. Take a psychology course. Its not hard to educate oneself on the basic ideas and facts here.

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Wed, 10-23-2013 - 7:12am

See, I'd even be careful to share a diagnosis like selective mutism with just anybody. Sharing with teachers/school was one thing but sharing it with family who would see her shut down around them? Uhm, That led to speculatons of what they wanted to think it meant.  She was very lucky, we surrounded ourselves with compassionate and educated company that helped her thrive including that of her wonderful psychologist.  Wow, I'm sorry I didn't know your DD exhibited similar symptoms, You used to place SM in a negative light, speculatng what you thought that would mean later on too - She's doing fine mops, thanks for your concerns. 

 

 


 


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Wed, 10-23-2013 - 7:13am
So why, Jamblessed, would you not share the diagnosis with family members and educate them about the treatment and prognosis?
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Wed, 10-23-2013 - 9:08am
"Uhm, That led to speculatons of what they wanted to think it meant." ------- I do not understand. What sorts of speculations? It sounds as if these people were not very educated about the subject. To me, that would be a reason to discuss it further and help them understand better. As for my attitude, I can only guess that you must have misunderstood what I was trying to say.

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