As many of you may or may not know, I’ve been struggling with alot of internal issues. I’ve recently attended a three week DBT partial hospitalization at Cottage Hospital in Grosse Pointe Woods. The DBT is Dialectical Behavior Therapy. So, therefore, I apologize that I haven’t been posting like I said I would do.
Mental Illness is no joke. Its funny how it doesn’t just happen sporadically; things build up over time and eventually, they come to a head and explode…which is exactly what happened to me. I know that I will live with this for the rest of my life, and the things I’ve learned from DBT have been priceless. They don’t “fix” the problem, but they do help you with ways to cope.
I’m a long, long way from where I need to be and want to be, but with support, love and many prayers, I will eventually get to that place and be content again.
Its been very difficult to do the “normal” things, like getting out of bed, shopping for groceries, cooking dinner, enjoying the little things and living in the present.
I’m not entirely sure why I’m sharing all of this, but I do know one thing: mental illness is often dismissed because you can’t see it. It’s not visible, so it must be made up, its not real. Folks, before you say something rude to the person who is frazzled in line in front of you at the checkout line, or before you say something to the person in the aisle who can’t make up their mind, or the person who washes their hands for 10 minutes or takes an hour or so shower, or before you say something to the person that is super happy one minute and then the next minute has done a complete change…think about what I’ve said.
Mental Illness is REAL. It may not be seen, but it is there. The world needs to understand that and be a little more sensitive to that.
The road I’m on, as I’ve said, is a long one, and I hope – truly, that those who (if any) read this will say a little prayer for not only me, but for anyone you know that may be struggling with this type of disease .
Have a wonderful Thursday, the weekend’s eve, and I will hopefully have something fun to post tomorrrow!