“I was diagnosed with dual diagnosis of anxiety and opioid addiction. Both my parents and other family members struggle with drug abuse. They were a trigger for me so for my recovery I had to love them from a distance. I had to find support through my groups and meetings. They are family to me and I’m grateful for them.” Anonymous post. Thanks for sharing!
It’s interesting the ways we can choose to protect ourselves. For me it was either compulsive behaviors to manage it or dissociative episode to escape it. Both are distractions to handle the intrusive thoughts, but aren’t helpful for the long term. I used to binge to deal with stress, purge to release the guilt, and then compulsively exercise or restrict to avoid binge eating again. I used to get depressed, start to sleep more, have feelings of disconnection, and memory lapses to subconsciously not deal with reality. They were all… Read more Coping with reality →
And that is okay. Maybe you were depressed and finally took the time to clean. Maybe you tried the fear food you always avoided. Maybe you fill turned in that job application. Your definition of success can always change. Little achievements matter.
I was diagnosed at a young age with Clinical Depression, Generalized Anxiety with OCD tendencies, and Bulimia. I followed the treatment plans, found others with similar diagnoses, but something wasn’t working. I was getting worse. I was misdiagnosed. After my freshman year in college and psychotic breakdown, I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder II. All my previous diagnoses were symptoms of Bipolar II Disorder. The anxiety, depression, purging were symptoms/behaviors of my untreated mental illness. With having an misdiagnosis, I understand the importance of treating the symptoms and not put… Read more Symptoms vs Diagnosis →
“Its great to hear all the stories and perspectives but sometimes I just have to take things as they are. I have generalized anxiety, so always finding a meaning can fuel it. Not trying to find some deep meaning has helped relieve some of my anxious feelings. It is ok to accept certain things as they are.” Anonymous post. Thanks for sharing!
Being open and sharing is great for spreading awareness, but it isn’t necessary if it creates further issues. Never feel required to share your story. It’s yours and you have the right to share when you feel comfortable. I get some people intentions, and they mean well, but everyone isn’t ready. And that’s ok. Your past. Your journey. Your time.
Introspection and learning how to be self aware of patterns has helped tremendously with my recovery. Picking up on the lack of sleep, barely eating, and slowly isolating myself let’s me know that an possible episode is coming. A lot of times they are inevitable, so I just have to ride the wave until it passes. Especially with seasonal changes. Keeping track can be done personally or if you have a great support system, make them aware to look out for the signs. Let me know what has worked for… Read more Awareness of patterns and cycles →
Let’s fight together. To heal. To spread awareness. To make a change.