Have you ever read one of those “Ten things your guy wished you knew” or “Ten things your mother-in-law would never tell you but thinks you should know” (though in many cases—unfortunately for you, there’s nothing your mother in law wouldn’t tell you). Well I wanted to create a lists of things that those of us who struggle with mental illness wished the rest of the world knew—and hopefully get insight from my support team about what they wish I knew!
Number Nineteen: Make “my” limitations “OUR” limitations when we are in your social network. For example, after we drive 9-10 hours to get to Sidney’s parents’ house I can’t jump immediately into dinner/socializing/big plans. I need at least 30 minutes to relax and get out of my anxious car mindset! If Sidney takes this time with me, and tells his parents WE need a break, I feel less self-conscious. By presenting us as a team, he helps prevent judgment or misunderstanding.
Disclaimer: Not all of these thought will reflect all people, in the same way not all “Ten things your guy wished you knew” would relate to my husband—some will not even relate to me. They are thoughts/concerns/opinions I’ve heard when talking with fellow adventurers along the journey that is mental illness.
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