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mental health support thread

Discussion in 'Other Discussions' started by questdriven, Jan 15, 2020.

  1. questdriven

    questdriven Well-Known Member

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    I figured a thread for those who suffer from mental illness would be a nice idea.

    What I'd rather not see--non-mentally ill people coming in in order to tell us that we just need more faith or that our illnesses are a moral failing on our behalf. I'd like this to be for building people up, not tearing them down. Even if you are or used to be mentally ill (not all mental illnesses are lifelong), please do not pull the thread in that direction either.

    I'll introduce myself, my name is Collie and I have battled severe depression and suicidal ideation in the past. I'm also diagnosed with social anxiety disorder and pure O OCD, though.....those two are pretty well under control right now, especially the social anxiety. (I work with customer service, so that actually has helped me believe it or not.) The OCD kinda comes and goes. Right now I'm in a happy place in my life, and I thank God for that.
     
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    Is Depression Quest accurate?
     
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    Stefan here. I have bipolar disorder and anxiety.

    I know it can be difficult to open up about these things when it's very easy to fear that other people will judge you or treat you differently. That's not a misplaced fear because it does happen. Even among those who have kind dispositions toward people with mental illnesses and are generally supportive can have a difficult time knowing what to do or to say. Even I don't know how to handle things a lot of the time!

    I don't know if you've encountered this problem, but I've had a difficult time relating to other people who don't deal with mental illness or who aren't familiar with it. I've had to limit my career ambitions because I know that stressful situations (which all jobs, particularly higher-level positions, have) can cause my symptoms to worsen. I don't want to explain the details to every person I meet, so it can be difficult when I have career discussions.

    Why can't I just leave a stable job that I don't particularly enjoy but I can manage? Because if I leave for another position, I'm likely to end up dramatically amplifying my stress, and if I lose my job, I lose my health coverage, employment protections, etc. It's not just a hypothetical discussion either because I've done this on multiple occasions in the past, all with the same result. Now I know my limitations, and I stick to them, even if it means I seem less than ambitious.

    It's hard for me to manage that because I know I have abilities and gifts that God has given me, but I don't yet know how to use them. I used to think I'd be able to do that in the workforce, but that seems unlikely at this point.
     
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    I've definitely avoided specific categories of jobs due to my anxiety. I still don't think I want to work fast food or restaurants--people are VERY picky and touchy about their food.
    Most people at the grocery store I work at, though, are nice--usually the worst that happens is customers kinda irritate me by bringing huge carts into the express lane. And those who aren't nice typically aren't as bad as I thought they would be--so far I've only seen one customer yelling and making a scene, and they weren't yelling at me.
     
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    So sometimes at work I feel anxious and I can't figure out what's triggering it. It's like my body is saying "something's coming, be ready!", with no clue as to what's coming. This only happens at work. It's not enough to affect my ability to do my job, but on Sunday I did excuse myself to the restroom to see if I could calm down. As soon as I got in the restroom all the tension left--and returned when I got back to my register. So I guess it's job related, but it's still odd that there's no specific trigger.

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