Wednesday Wishes: Number Twenty-Two

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 Twenty-Two: I wish you how phrases like “you’re crazy” “he must be insane” “I’m going to end up in the pysch ward” make me feel. This is actually a very personal one. I feel like each consumer will have different words that bother them and some they actually laugh about and find funny. For example, the only one that really makes me uncomfortable is joking about a “pysch ward” because having to be taken to one unwillingly was a fear of mine for a long time and it increases stigma about needing to go to an inpatient treatment center.  Most of the other stuff, I joke about myself. So start the conversation, find out what bothers them and what they can joke about.  Here’s a picture below to get the conversation going.  Funny or offensive?

 

Funny? Or Offensive?

Funny? Or Offensive?

 

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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2 thoughts on “Wednesday Wishes: Number Twenty-Two

  1. I strongly dislike when my illness is used to negate real feelings. “Oh you are only angry because of your bipolar” It is disrespectful and hurts. Yes on occasion I have irrational feelings and reactions, but I also have perfectly valid feelings as well.

  2. sakuraandme says:

    Hi Nicole! Luckily for age I’ve calmed and find most of these funny! Spending a month in a psych ward having ECT’s I didn’t find funny, yet it was necessary, so I still find the ability to smile at these sayings! Hell, we have to or we could be hurt too many times! Being bipolar I think we adapt to things better than the norm, we’ve had to do it all our lives!!! BTW: I think your a wonderful writer:) It’s really hot in Oz. *phew* …..Paula x

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