It’s a little harder for us…

Things you stop taking for granted when you have mental illness:

  • Sleeping through the night
  • Showering regularly
  • Getting out of bed
  • Getting dressed
  • Leaving the house
  • Going to parties
  • Finding joy in your own hobbies
  • Talking on the phone
  • Being able to make your own appointments
  • Feeling loved
  • Remembering to eat
  • Caring if you don’t
  • Being mildly annoyed instead of severely agitated
  • Smiling
  • Going an entire day without bursting into tears

There are so many more, but having the attention span to read long lists would be one of mine. I’m not saying that people should consciously appreciate the things that we can’t do and they can, but I wanted to just take a short moment to say, “Hey, we get that this comes easy to you, but it’s really hard for us, and no we’re not just saying that to get attention.”

What’s one thing you used to take for granted that you now have trouble with?

~Brutally Honest Eccentric~

7 thoughts on “It’s a little harder for us…”

  1. I would say talking to friends/getting out of the house. Nowadays, as my anxiety and depression has gotten worse, I find it a bit hard to initiate conversations with even my online friends, and even harder to get myself to go out. It’s not that I’m paralyzed or lazy, it’s just that there’s this…apathy now, that wasn’t as strong before. I can’t bring myself to care that staying at home makes me worse. And I feel like my friends get tired of dragging my broke ass along and paying for everything too. So I guess it’s also the “feeling loved” part too.

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  2. I still struggle with hygiene. Especially my teeth and I know…people know to brush twice a day. But I tell myself to do so and I don’t at times. It’s weird cause I used to do it all the time when I was younger. I feel stupid sometimes cause of it. Like I need a board to chart this in order for me to ensure I do it EVERY day.

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    1. A chart board isn’t too bad of an idea, actually. It would probably help me. I struggle with hygiene as well…add the shame/embarrassment that can cause and just ugh.

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  3. I’ve held a part-time job for 6 months. I’m currently struggling but considering I’m still going, I know I’m having success and I need to recognize that. If I let myself crash from working, it usually takes at least a year for me to recover enough to hold down another job again. I know that I’m lucky to be stable enough to hold one at all, but I wish people could recognize just how much it takes for me just to do what I AM doing…it feels like it’s never enough.

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  4. Reading. And it gets difficult in either state of mine.
    Though to make up for it my manic brain reads fuck as fast before it gets too bored to pay attention.

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