Question of the day for May 16th 2017

Do you think having a mental illness has made you a stronger person? And why?

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Author: manyofus1980

I am a woman in my mid 30's. I'm blind and I have dissociative identity disorder, I also have complex PTSD. I blog about my life with these disorders. I live in Ireland.

11 thoughts on “Question of the day for May 16th 2017”

  1. I believe it has. There is so much that I go through on a daily basis, I think it would exhaust someone that doesn’t have a mental illness. Sure, there are days that I want to give up — but I dust myself off and keep moving; albeit a slower pace some days. πŸ™‚ I like to tell myself that only really strong people are given mental illnesses, because it takes a strong person to live a life with mental illness.

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  2. it’s made me talk about me more

    like, before I was diagnosed bipolar, I found it really difficult to talk about myself and how I felt.

    now though, I feel I must and let people know what i’m going through, so I can be helped better.

    I also think it’s made me a lot more understanding of other people

    again, before my diagnoses, I wouldn’t have understood others as well as I do now..

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  3. That’s a great/tough question. Mental illness has allowed me to look at things in a different way. I try to see the reasons behind a person’s actions. I hope it has helped me become less judgemental and know that anything is possible. I don’t know if it has made me stronger or not. I often don’t feel strong, but I don’t think I could have gotten through most of my life’s experiences without the strength given to me by my mental health (not sure if that makes any sense or not).

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  4. Honestly? I don’t know… I never thought about myself as strong, actually I usually thought the opposite, because I think lots of people survived much much more and it was really traumatising, and they aren’t all mentally ill and lots of people came through similar things as me and they haven’t any mental difficulties. I was for almost my whole childhood in boarding school and didn’t cope well with it emotionally, I was very stressed and depressive and anxious almost all this time, I just was so overwhelmed by being so far from home for so long periods, though many kids had even further, didn’t see their familis for longer and they hadn’t such problems. I guess I must be really oversensitive or something like this, ’cause whenever something more stressful happened in my childhood/teenage years, it left me more anxious and depressive. And there are lots of things that I could talk about and I think I’m not very strong because of them, like not coping well with everyday stresses and having lots of phobias and anxieties, though I’ve met two people in my life who think otherwise. One person said that she’d like to be as strong as me and the other said that I seem to be strong in his opinion. So who knows, maybe I am. When it comes to suicidal thoughts , yeah, it requires strength to overcome them and when I had them a lot I was always really proud of myself when I won with them, but another thing is that you may feel so helpless that even can’t find the strength to kill yourself, so you can look at this differently. Anyway, I hope my mental problems are helping me anyhow and that I am now stronger than I was or than I think I am and I wish you and myself to be stronger after each time we feel really bad. πŸ™‚ Omg, what a long comment! πŸ˜€

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