How would you describe your addiction, affliction or mental illness?

  • Autumn McJavabean

    Autumn McJavabean (105)

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    I'm starting a new series of stories that explores the POV of people with mental illnesses or addictions and how it affects them and their way of thinking, to shed light on things like major depression or suicide, to help fight stigma. But I only suffer from my own, so I'd love to hear my fellow brothers and sisters what they suffer and how they would explain it to someone.

    Please be kosher and only explain if you would like to. If it's something new and I want to feature it, I may DM you for your help for one of my stories.

    Capricious is my new series that focuses on important topics to me.

    What if you could see through the mind of someone with a mental illness? Hear their thoughts? See what they see? What if you could find a way to be in the shoes of someone who is addicted to alcohol, or smoking? Have you every wondered what suicidal thoughts are like and what someone goes through?

    Capricious erases the line of modesty by explicitly showing scenes otherwise not shown to give insight.

    I will start off by just listing what I suffer with: Major depression, ADHD, schizophrenia, generalised anxiety disorder.
    December 21st, 2017 at 11:25pm
  • psychosisandme

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    Hi Autumn,

    New here. I think this is a great idea. I am passionate about mental health too. I have experiences of Depression, Anxiety and Psychosis. The Psychosis was difficult to deal with but I never drunk or did anything as I was seriously ill when I had my first breakdown. My thoughts were quite bad. I wont go into detail here but they were difficult to cope with. The main thoughts I had were why am I wasting away in bed and not doing anything with my life. Sooner down the line I now volunteer for a charity that specialise in mental health. Tops up by the way you can use this information if it is any use. I didn't smoke either but was a heavy smoker before I got ill, I have now since curbed this and mainly vape. I do wonder what other people are thinking, purely because I have been there myself. However it isn't something that plays on my mind all too much as I have a supportive network. However who knows what the future holds. Sorry for the length, hope this helps in any way shape or form. :-)
    January 18th, 2018 at 06:11pm
  • VixL

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    I have mild bipolar disorder and social anxiety disorder. If I could explain it to someone, I'd say that the bipolar is where my thoughts just plummet my mood into a low place randomly. Almost like a roller coaster that just takes a dip unexpectedly every few minutes. If I had to explain the social anxiety to someone, I'd tell them it's like constantly being trapped inside of your head or a prison. Not able to live outside of yourself, break free, and just live in the present unless you actively try and tell yourself that the cell is not there. It's made worse when in crowds, which feel like prison guards lol. Great idea for a story! You're right, mental illness is still very stigmatized. But things are getting better and with that, people are becoming healthier I think, too.
    August 16th, 2018 at 06:38pm