Have you suffered from a mental illness? Did it change your life?
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22-02-2011, 08:44 PM
RE: Have you suffered from a mental illness? Did it change your life?
(22-02-2011 08:21 PM)Free_Thinker Wrote:  Unbeliever- your advice on how to accept being diagnosed with something is a nice thought, and I totally understand your point, but at the same time it's easy enough to give advice and another to be in the person's shoes. I have no idea how difficult it would be to have Aspergers, so I'd give UTM his dues.

I have Asperger's.

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23-02-2011, 06:39 AM
 
RE: Have you suffered from a mental illness? Did it change your life?
(22-02-2011 08:44 PM)Unbeliever Wrote:  
(22-02-2011 08:21 PM)Free_Thinker Wrote:  Unbeliever- your advice on how to accept being diagnosed with something is a nice thought, and I totally understand your point, but at the same time it's easy enough to give advice and another to be in the person's shoes. I have no idea how difficult it would be to have Aspergers, so I'd give UTM his dues.

I have Asperger's.

Ah sorry, I missed (or more likley-forgot) you post on page 2. I take back my previous post if it offended you in any way which I hope it wouldn't. I have a terrible memory, maybe due to the clonazepam I dunno. My memory is quite bad actually, learning people's names is kind of hard (I could be on a forum for months and not put a personality to a screen name), if my wife and I go somewhere for a weekend I have trouble remembering what we did and where it was. This is one of the reasons I love photography so much, it really does capture the memories for me that I might otherwise forget.
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23-02-2011, 08:38 AM
RE: Have you suffered from a mental illness? Did it change your life?
(23-02-2011 06:39 AM)Free_Thinker Wrote:  Ah sorry, I missed (or more likley-forgot) you post on page 2. I take back my previous post if it offended you in any way which I hope it wouldn't.

No, it didn't. Don't worry about it.

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23-02-2011, 10:41 AM
RE: Have you suffered from a mental illness? Did it change your life?
I'm sorry to hear all the crap that was forced your way Lillith.
I hope you're doing better now.

As for me, I've always had an over active imagination and have been social introverted as far as I know.I always enjoyed having a few friends I trusted rather than a lot of friends I didn't know or care about. I'm socially awkward and tend to mess up dates I go on.
I've never been to a therapist but I doubt I could find a proper one.To be perfectly honest , there is so much corruption and incompetence in the Romanian medical system , I fear I may go to a "specialist" with anxiety or mild depression and come out a full blown psychopath.

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23-02-2011, 01:33 PM
RE: Have you suffered from a mental illness? Did it change your life?
That happens everywhere galgamesh, you can always find quacks. But definitely watch yourself since you're not that bad off. I'm pretty well ok outside of being unemployed. I got over everything myself pretty much, and then my first love (at 24) got me over the idea that I was a boy.... I really had that first love late because I'm still kinda trapped in a difficult relationship because she was the one to give me so many insights.

I'm not a non believer, I believe in the possibility of anything. I just don't let the actuality of something be determined by a 3rd party.
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23-02-2011, 02:19 PM
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I've suffered through depression and anxiety issues for awhile but finally got treatment for it within the last year. Its been great ever since. I still have some issues with depression but its much, much better. Anxiety is where the real improvement is at. Before I would go to work and every little thin would set me off and I would have this sense of dread. It was horrible. I can finally function at something close to normal.
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23-02-2011, 02:24 PM
 
RE: Have you suffered from a mental illness? Did it change your life?
I've suffered from clinical depression for nine years now, and my shrink told me that I'd most likely be on antidepressants for the rest of my life, as it seems that I've developed a chronic serotonin imbalance. I've also had the occasional panic attack, and insomnia's my very best friend. I'm pretty well-adjusted, all things considered, and I've been messed up in the head long enough that it's completely normal for me. It probably doesn't help that my closest friend is mentally ill as well Big Grin
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24-02-2011, 09:30 AM
 
RE: Have you suffered from a mental illness? Did it change your life?
(22-02-2011 08:44 PM)Unbeliever Wrote:  
(22-02-2011 08:21 PM)Free_Thinker Wrote:  Unbeliever- your advice on how to accept being diagnosed with something is a nice thought, and I totally understand your point, but at the same time it's easy enough to give advice and another to be in the person's shoes. I have no idea how difficult it would be to have Aspergers, so I'd give UTM his dues.

I have Asperger's.

Me too.

Well had. I fought that shit and won. Now I can talk to people in real life ^^
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24-02-2011, 09:33 AM
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I didn't think aspergers was something that you could "cure". Or am I misunderstanding what you're saying Sacrieur.

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24-02-2011, 09:48 AM
 
RE: Have you suffered from a mental illness? Did it change your life?
(24-02-2011 09:33 AM)Stark Raving Wrote:  I didn't think aspergers was something that you could "cure". Or am I misunderstanding what you're saying Sacrieur.

It can improve as you get older. In my personal experience I was diagnosed and put on medication that really didn't work because while I'm sure it fixed my Asperger's problem, it made me super sleepy. Anyway, it was tough, but I fought through it. There were times where I would scream because I would do things like walk up three flights of stairs to go across an area and then back down so you didn't have to have a chance of having to say hi or even wave to someone.

So I fought it, I just forced myself to do it anyway. I've always been extremely introverted and determined, so I knew what I was doing, and what I needed to do to change it. So I would intentionally take paths that would require me to say hi to someone. I would force myself to get in conversations with someone, regardless of how hard I blundered. It was hard as fuck, fighting a compulsion to evade every form of contact there was, but you do it and it gives you a little confidence. And a little more and a little more. Then after about 6 years I came out and can talk to people just fine. But... Sometimes it still pops up.

Asperger's, like Autism, is very individual. And sometimes Asperger's actually is a strength after getting comfortable with being social and learning how to talk and communicate (which I still struggle greatly with). My obsession with building things and later, mathematics, really benefits me. I can sit down for twelve hours and do math the entire time while being completely immersed in it.

A lot of people view Asperger's as a curse, but really it isn't, because I've noticed people with Autism and Asperger's are very often extremely gifted in some areas. We have different struggles than the general populace is. We're just different, it's not that we necessarily have something wrong with us, we're just different.
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