Stigma & Mental Illness

Posted by Roxie43 @roxie43, Dec 5, 2011

Albeit shameful and ignorant that it is almost 2012, and many of us are still confronted with biases. judgements and disparate treatment, I encourage all to hold your head up high. I know what it’s like to be looked at differently because of a label, diagnosis or even someones inability to look deeper than the surface.
I often ask myself why some folks behave the way they behave and perhaps I will never find an honest answer. I hypothesize that perhaps there is something in me that may remind someone of themselves or that perhaps that, until recently, I had always functioned so well that those with certain belief systems or stereo-types feel that they are experts on who I am.
I recently posted on ECT and the benefits for me as an individual. Talk therapy is also important because it allows us to process, in a safe and healthy forum, the things that people have said or done to us. I recall when I first requested FMLA at work and a person made the comment “If you cannot report to work maybe you should not work”. I was requesting intermittent leave because the stigma and disparate treatment was taking it’s toll and this so called healthy individual was so insensitive.
I know we have come a long way but we still have a long way to go. Stigma is one reason some don’t admit that something ails them nor seek help. We all have to use our voices, our stories, our expertise (on who were are) and continue to raise awareness about the importance of treating others the way in which one would like to be treated, not selective respect and equality but across the board.
Being good to one another should not be based on pre-conceived notions that certain populations are more worthy than others. We are valuable individuals with strengths, creativity, feelings and we contribute to society wholeheartedly and should always be viewed and treated as such!
Have you been treated differently lately? How did you deal with it?

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Hi Lisa. Great to hear from you again.I originally came on the Mayo site to see if I could find people that have FactorVLeiden. I was diagnoised with this approx two years ago. Prior to this about ten years ago I developed a clot in my left leg and P ulmornary embolsis on both lungs. The clots have continued to recoccur more the past two years, and I have had a total of about 6 dvt’s in my right leg, two prior to Christmas. I am on comaudin for life and still seem to clot on it. I am lucky though because the clots as staying below the knee. My anxiety has been with me from a very young age and my depression, set in later in life. Unfortuantley i cant’ take any medications as it interacts with the warfarin. Over the years I have had developed to be able to pull on my inner strength which I tell myself daily is strong everyday. At the moment I am on a low ebb as I am off work with an infection in my vein . Luckily, no clot. I am so sorry for the passing of your Mum. I can fully understand how you feel. I am a Aged Care worker. I only work with people who have high care needs. I go into peoples homes and care from them. I help alot of people with Alzheimers, parkinsons, dementia, strokes. Remember you are in the early stage of grief. Live of the memories that make you happy, By the way it’s okay to cry sometimes, we all do. I’m glad Piglit makes you smile. My name originated from the Winnie the Pooh character by A.A. Milne, such wonderful stories, my real name is Annie. Thanks for the listening ears. I have more than gone on enough about me today. Take care, will talk soon, always here if you need me Piglit. Keep smiling.

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That was a blessing in itself because its another perfect example that you are not alone. When we least expect it something greater than us reminds us that people every where on this earth have challenges but we can still be kind and big hearted and support others. How amazing you pick out your glasses with the help from a stranger that you had things in common with. Why do you think so many people who work helping others also aye in treatment?
Have a wonderful evening and you should feel proud

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As always, so happy to hear from you. My favorite character is Eeyore. I love Winnie the Pooh! I am so glad that you were able to tell me about yourself, and though I admit that I am not well versed in your health concerns, I will look it up. In the mean time, I am familiar with reaccuring problems. I started having problems with depression at 12 years with attempted suicide. The doctors were able to help eventually, but it’s been back a couple times since. I also have a problem with my blood pressure spiking anytime it feels like it. I worked in a nursing home also, and I loved it very much. I had to stop when I missed a day due to horrific morning sickness and got let go, People deserve to be cared for like they still matter and are still people, instead of a burden. Inner strength seems to be what really helps us get better, as the extreme amount of meds I’m on don’t seem to be helping much anyway. My inner strength is all that gets me from one day to the next, and I recharge mine with my super supportive husband’s help, a surprisingly great counselor, and now this message board, as well as a lot of prayer. Each day is a struggle. I’m so glad there’s no clot this time, though an infection is hard enough to deal with. I hope it heals soon, so you can get back to your patients. I bet they are missing you. I am also out of work due to my illness. March makes almost 10 months. It’s tough to just rest, but that’s what they all say to do. I thank you for your caring responses, and I am always here for you with listening ears. Sincerely, Lisa4

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H i Lisa Thanks again for your kind response. Isn’t it funny that we are in the same kind of fields of work. I do miss my clients as I see them everyday. However, I am struggling with things at the moment as you know. Anyway I know I will be fine, and will rely on my inner strength as I always do. You take care of yourself as well and I am always here with my listenening ears. God Bless Piglit.

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Hi lisa How are things going? Haven’t heard in a while so I thought I ‘d just check to see if all is okay. My leg is slowly getting better and hopefully I will be back at work soon. I’m sure in time that things will get back to normal for you too, and hopefully you will be able to get back to the work the you enjoy. If not in our field of work there are always different avenues that we can look into. Anyway had better go, and get a few things down. Take Care Piglit. I’m a great beleiver in taking one liitle step at a time, it seems to work better than the giant ones.

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Hi Roxie 43,
I agree. I appreciate your kind words. Thank you.

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Hello there. I had an ECT treatment early Monday morning, and I’m afraid that they kind of kick my but. Every time I get up and start moving around, the headache gets worse as does the dizziness. I just ran out of pain medication, but my doctor is very stingy as she doesn’t want me to get hooked. I’m so glad your leg is improving. I say a prayer for you each day. I hope that’s okay and not too creepy for you. Care and Prayers! Lisa4

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Hi Sorry to hear that you have had such a rough time with your ECT hopefully the headaches and dizzinness will subside for you soon. I thank you for your prayers and for your caring. Was wondering if I could add you to my friends list, so I could email you at times. By the way it takes alot to make me feel creepy. Take care God Bless. Piglit.

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Hi Roxie 43,
I agree. I appreciate your kind words. Thank you.

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Hi Power
Thank you for reading my post and identifying. I hope all is well with you.
Rox

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Hi
The headaches are horrible but worth it and they do subside. Hang in there as long as you can because the treatment can be amazing.
Sincerely Rox

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Sure, I would be honored to be added to you friends list. My doctor refilled my meds finally, so I am doing okay. I’m hanging in there day by day. I do get frustrated by how little I can do, but I’m working through. Care and Prayers-Lisa4

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It’s good to hear from you! I hope you are well. You’re right, the treatments are worth it despite the side effects. I’ll keep hanging. Take care! Lisa4

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