Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Today I drove by the Comfort Inn. Not just any Comfort Inn but the one I used to run to when things got to be too much at home. I would charge the room to my personal credit card so my ex husband wouldn't know where I was. I haven't driven directly past it in years. Today I drove past it and just smiled that I found the courage and the strength to leave the miserable abusive situation I was in at that time. With the exception of the occasional flash back he has no hold left on me and never will. That is something to smile about and be proud of.
Monday, June 2, 2014
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill.
In the room of 200, he asked, "Who would like this $20 bill?" Hands started going up.
He said, "I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this." He proceeded to crumple the dollar bill up. He then asked, "Who still wants it?" Still the hands were up in the air.
"Well," he replied, "What if I do this?" And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. "Now who still wants it?" Still the hands went into the air.
"My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20."
"Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value. Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
WMAR BARRICADE: Police say mentally ill suspect is in custody and has been taken to a medical facility.
Let's do a little word substitution here.
Police say diabetic suspect is in custody and has been taken to a medical facility.
Police say suspect with MS is in custody and has been taken to a medical facility.
Police say Autistic suspect is in custody and has been taken to a medical facility.
Police say Chinese suspect is in custody and has been taken to a medical facility.
Police say Hispanic suspect is in custody and has been taken to a medical facility.
Police say suspect with breast cancer is in custody and has been taken to a medical facility.
Police say suspect carrying a coach bag is in custody and has been taken to a medical facility.
Police say suspect wearing flip flops is in custody and has been taken to a medical facility.
Police say suspect wearing a size 8 shoe is in custody and has been taken to a medical facility.
Police say elderly suspect is in custody and has been taken to a medical facility.
Police say suspect with brown eyes is in custody and has been taken to a medical facility.
The only important and necessary part of any of those statements is "Police say suspect is in custody and has been taken to a medical facility."
I'm so tried of the media using mental illness in this manner! Mental illness is not scary and the large majority of those of us with a mental illness are not dangerous and do not commit crimes! Please, stop listening to the media's harmful campaign against mental illness! When will this end? We already face enough day to day stigma without the addition of the media's stigmatic headlines and articles.
Friday, May 9, 2014
Would you feel cared about by someone who didn't show you care and compassion while you were undergoing chemo therapy? Would you feel loved by someone who turned their back on you while you were in the hospital after having a stroke? Would you feel like you mattered to someone who didn't take the time to recognize and acknowledge the pain you experience as a result of your MS?
I'm willing to bet the answer to those questions is no, across the board. So I ask you the following questions.
Why should those of us living with a mental illness feel cared about by people who don't show us care and compassion when we most need it? Why should we feel loved by people who turn their backs when we're sick and crying out for help? Why should we feel like we matter to those who don't take the time to recognize and acknowledge, even if they can't understand, the pain and daily struggle we deal with as a result of our illness? Why is our invisible illness less important than the physical, visible illnesses of others? Why are we so often forced to suffer alone or with less support than those dealing with a physical illness?
If you're someone who does this to a friend or family, please realize how much you're hurting them. If you're someone that has seen other people do this to a friend or family member, please stand up for them. If you have a mental illness and are experiencing this or have experienced this like I have, I'm sorry. I'm not going to sugarcoat it. It sucks. It hurts. It's the last thing we need when we're already drowning in our mental illness. Compassion is a beautiful thing, compassion for all.
There is nothing fake about what we experience in our head every day. I know it can't be seen, but it's there and at times it can be complete misery. Mental illness can be deadly. In fact, suicides encompass a large number of deaths in the United States. Imagine if your brain was working against you so much that death seemed like the best option, the only option, the only way out. That is not fake, that is real, incredibly real. Count yourself as being lucky if you've never felt that way but don't discount the pain and suffering of the person that has felt that way. There is nothing fun about mental illness. It has destroyed main lives because it is real and it is unforgiving. Just because you can't see it in an x-ray, in a blood test, as a rash on my arm, or a fever on the thermometer doesn't make it any less real than cancer or diabetes or other physical illnesses.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Monday, April 21, 2014
Monday, March 31, 2014
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Kissing Stigma Goodbye
Thursday, January 9, 2014
A quick update on how I'm doing...
The depression has subsided but the hypomania that was present has continued and really worsened over the last couple of days. I called my new doctor who I wasn't supposed to have an appointment with until next month and he squeezed me in tomorrow. Im so grateful to him for that. I didn't want to go back to my current doctor. I'm sorry I haven't written part 3 of my hospitalization. I'm uncomfortable and unable to concentrate. I have faith that Dr. Haerian will make a helpful medication change!
The good news is I'll be writing an article about my hospitalization for the next NAMI Maryland quartley newsletter! Yay!
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Friday, December 20, 2013
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
By: Sara Breidenstein