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I Have A Four-Year Degree In Psychology

And, I worked in some psychology-related jobs while attending college.

However, I remember next to nothing about the subject matter, except I can tell you all about my lived experiences with chronic mental illness.

I do read psych articles most days of the week, and I enjoy doing so!

The majority of my knowledge of psych, again, has to do with my lived experiences with mental health issues.

So, when I write something for the blog, I’d like for you to know that, without a doubt, it is coming from something I, myself, have been through.

Life doesn’t appear easy—for many people—but, I believe life is particularly difficult for people with chronic health conditions.

What are your thoughts on the challenges of people with mental health issues vs. those who seemingly have none?

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  1. I don’t believe anyone has no issues. Those who are brought up with secure attachments and healthy beliefs will have life a lot easier even with challenges then people with no external/internal challenges without safety within themselves.
    No one has a perfect life. Everyone faces challenges at times and some have it easier to handle them than others.
    Love, light, and glitter

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  2. I can relate to having a four-year degree that right now is, well, just that. Anthropology-Zoology for me.

    I’m really not sure I can say anything about people who seemingly have none. I guess that’s kind of the trick to your question, seemingly. They might actually be struggling more than the person with known mental health issues because they might not know what they’re even struggling with or from.

    I read another post today about “invisible disabilities”, I think largely referring to physical disabilities. But it occurred to me that while they’re not the same, mental illness can be invisible. Unless you catch me in a panicked state, you’re likely not to know just how I struggle with anxiety, how my obsessive thoughts can freeze me in a moment. It’s true that we really don’t know what other people might be going through.

    In the case of people with chronic conditions like mental illness, life can be very complicated in ways that aren’t normally difficult. One thing I find difficult with my anxiety is just the idea of it. I feel weak sometimes that normal things make me cringe. I feel insecure that I get stuck so often. That I get sweaty palms and turn red in the face, my heart races and my chest gets tight. It drives me nuts when I go to the doctor for something that worries me but then I’m worrying about whether or not the doctor will take me seriously or if they think I’m making it up or if they think “it’s probably just anxiety”. Then I leave worrying they might miss it if something is wrong with me because anxiety apparently causes all the symptoms of everything. I might spend the next hour anxious and remembering what I’d forgotten or didn’t think to tell them. Maybe they’d take me more seriously. What if I believe them it’s nothing and then down the road it’s something? And then when it comes back that I’m okay – I’m so grateful because for many that’s not the case and one day it won’t be mine either – I’m embarrassed thinking about how they’re shaking their head at me, maybe laughing.

    I HATE thinking like this. I HATE that I can’t not think about dying. I really don’t want to die early! I don’t hear a lot of other people talk about going to the doctor like this… And so for me, life is beautiful, I’m blessed but in some ways it’s way more difficult than it should be.

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    • I am sorry you have to deal with this anxiety. I would get in the habit of telling your doctor about all your issues. And, in this case, anxiety. I tell my doctor everything about what I am aware of experiencing. No set of issues is so unimportant that they cannot be discussed and dealt with accordingly. There is no reason to think a doctor would laugh at you, if they do, it’s time to get a new doctor! Again, I tell mine everything. It’s just habitual at this point.

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      • Thank you for your support. I’ve stepped up on behalf of myself, constantly remembering that I am my own advocate. I tell them about my anxiety and I also tell them what makes my experience separate from my anxiety, as in I feel X even when I’m not anxious. I am so grateful when I find practitioners who are patient and listen. Good on you for getting in that habit, I’m working on it. 🙂

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      • Of course! I’m glad you found the page to be helpful. It really is a great podcast. Entertaining and informative! What’s nice about discovering it late is we have SO SO much content to listen to while waiting for the next episode. 😉 You may or may not like Tim Clare’s Death of a Thousand Cuts (as if I had to say may or may not but hey that’s my disclaimer). But he has a mental illness as well and will often refer to it and how he’s doing briefly or otherwise.

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