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Hi, how are you? Mental health support and discussion thread (October 2021)

This is a monthly thread for those who need it. Vent, share your experiences, ask for advice, talk about how you are doing. Let's make this a compassionate space for all who may need one.

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    Wayzgoose
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    I am sick and tired of living with my parents (I don't feel either respected nor appreciated) and the past weekend me and my gf decided it was time to move. I don't have any income yet but she...

    I am sick and tired of living with my parents (I don't feel either respected nor appreciated) and the past weekend me and my gf decided it was time to move. I don't have any income yet but she does. She is my true family.

    I'm am doing an unpaid internship plus finishing my Master Thesis but this past week I worked on neither... I feel really guilty but my excuse is that I work well in the mornings and I had to go see a house every day of the week. Tomorrow is going to be the same but hopefully on Sunday I can get back to work. I also had a very stressful week before this one (because of both my family and the "job"). I need to finish this Thesis so I have the free time to look for paid work and continue the rebuilding of my life.

    Anyway I know my week is not a tragedy but I really don't feel good with how I spent my time. I also bought a new videogame (Elder Scrolls Online) and I spent the last 2 afternoons playing it. Part of me is happy to have something new and deep to bring some joy into my life, the other part is just shaking his head in disapproval. Anyway, I'm just venting, nothing terrible happened to me. Just a not so good week.

    Oh and this all related to mental illness as I suffer from depression and anxiety issues. Felt like I needed to say that so that my post makes sense in this thread. My problems tend to lead to procrastination and that is exactly what happened this week.

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    1. skybrian
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      Don’t downplay it, moving is stressful and it’s perfectly reasonable to take a week or three off to do it. The main thing is being open about it. Since they’re not even paying you, the people...

      Don’t downplay it, moving is stressful and it’s perfectly reasonable to take a week or three off to do it.

      The main thing is being open about it. Since they’re not even paying you, the people you’re interning with should be accommodating, as long as you’re up front about what you can (and can’t) promise them?

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  2. fredo
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    My mother in law was comitted to a mental institution. She was refusing to eat, barely bathed (once every two weeks at the most), and never brushed her teeth. Barely moved either. We managed to...

    My mother in law was comitted to a mental institution. She was refusing to eat, barely bathed (once every two weeks at the most), and never brushed her teeth. Barely moved either. We managed to take her to the psychiatrist, a very good doctor that I knew already. He gave her the safest antidepressants he could find, because she also refused taking medications and we knew she would find a way to reject that pill as well. Two days after starting the new medicine, she felt "ill". I feel there's a cake in my mouth, I can't swallow or breath right. We called the ambulance (luckily we're not in the US so we can ask for help for things that are nor terminal...). The doctor couldn't find anything wrong with her, said it was probably mental health (to surprise of no one). The same thing happened a few days later. Her psychiatrist and psychologist both recommended having her committed to a private institution. There's a consensus amongst us that she's probably borderline/Munchausen and that she uses fake diseases to draw attention and manipulate her daughter (my wife). I can't stress enough how mind-boggling expensive her internment actually is, but my wife is hopeful and feeling like she's on the first vacation of her entire life.

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  3. Adys
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    I’ve been feeling great, but today I especially feel on a cloud. I don’t want to ramble on. Things are going very well with the girlfriend. She is wonderful. I’ve never in my life felt so valued...

    I’ve been feeling great, but today I especially feel on a cloud.

    I don’t want to ramble on. Things are going very well with the girlfriend. She is wonderful. I’ve never in my life felt so valued by somebody. My god, a relationship that isn’t a one-way emotional drain, what a concept…

    We went skating. We went axe throwing. We had kebab and sushi and an amazing time together, and next week we’re going to a daft punk homage concert I’m so excited about that.

    I needed this in my life. I am no longer worried about how things might go, as I was the first time we were together, I now feel like I can trust her. Feels good.

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  4. Kuromantis
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    My session with the psychologist was supposed to be a week ago but the UBS (Brazilian analogue for community health center apparently) had to tell me she's not gonna be working there for now. Dammit!

    My session with the psychologist was supposed to be a week ago but the UBS (Brazilian analogue for community health center apparently) had to tell me she's not gonna be working there for now. Dammit!

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