G’day all, hope you are all well? I’m going to try to make this post more of a question, that’s the plan anyway. If you have been reading this blog and the comments you will be familiar with a guy called Alex, in one comment he said something along the lines of “I hate you blog sometimes because it makes me think” with that comment he basically hit the nail on the head. I often think too much and have said on many occasions “Thinking is Overrated”. The problem with thinking sometimes is it spirals out of control and drives you bonkers, but I started this blog because someone else got me thinking again, thinking in a different way. He thought very similar things to me which made me think “I am not as mad as a bucket of frogs, other people think like me, I am just unwell”. So I thought, I wonder if my thoughts could help others (and selfishly, me of course!), and from feedback I have had my thoughts and feelings do help others, so I am chuffed to bits!!! Maybe delusional thinking but…. Have I found my purpose??
Anyway, back to the question. I got an email yesterday from someone who has helped me in a major way during my “I’ve gone bonkers” period, part of that email went like this: –
“The manic thingy was quite normal for where you are at the moment. Feeling â€œokâ€ currently is a very fragile emotion currently. I wonâ€™t stop challenging you though, as you will be able to see how things are going. It will NEVER be a problem for me if it doesnâ€™t work out. I know what great effort you are making.”
Oof!…… Has it got you thinking? Got me thinking straight away…..
“”OK” currently is a VERY FRAGILE EMOTION”
Oof!….. Here’s what i’m thinking, “OK” is perhaps the most tricky part of the recovery process, when you’re in the “pit of doom” you are in bed because you physically cant get out and if you do manage to drag yourself out of bed the whole day doesn’t really happen. When you’re feeling good it’s good but a bit of an alien feeling. When you’re feeling “OK” the up’s and down’s can happen many times a day and many times an hour, that’s tiring, that’s fucking hard work!
Now lets look at the last part: –
“It will NEVER be a problem for me if it doesnâ€™t work out. I know what great effort you are making.”
That’s the sort of support I need, that’s the sort of support you should be trying to give to your loved ones because if they are still fighting, believe me they are making a great effort every day!! I am very lucky as I have so much support from family, friends (old and new), colleagues, Facebooker’s, Twitter’ers and of course you guys who take the time to comment on here. I am very lucky because my support team give me understanding and don’t judge me, maybe there are some in my support team that think Mental Illness is just in the mind and I should just pull myself together and have a good holiday, I can understand that as I have said before many times “I am a Neanderthal with depression, if I hadn’t experienced it I would be one of those idiots that says just pull yourself together”.
So a few questions to other peoples support teams: –
Are you giving that sort of support?
Are you helping rather than hindering?
Are you keeping your outdated, shite views to yourself?
Are you going to understand that your loved one isn’t making shit up?
If they had broken a leg would you think it was soft to have it plastered and they should just man up?
And one question to those who are fighting hard on a daily basis: –
Is “OK” ok or a fragile emotion that requires an awful lot of effort?
Keep Smiling 🙂
One more questions, does any of the above make any sense at all??