Mental health and Chronic Illness are two things that I deal with on a daily basis, so your damn right I’m going to talk about it. In fact, I think everyone should talk about it. We need to be more transparent and normalize the conversation surrounding these two BIG pieces of people’s lives.
Mental Health and Chronic Illness:
My Mental Health
I have been living with a host of mental health disorders, since I was young. Most recently, I was officially diagnosed as having Borderline Personality Disorder with Complex-PTSD coupled with severe depression and anxiety!
My Chronic Illnesses
My first chronic illness hit when I was about 15 and I was diagnosed with an under-developed ovary and PCOS (Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome). I was also informed, at 15, that I would probably never have children. HA! Proved them wrong!
Chronic Illness #2 kind of snuck up on me. Mild aches and pains here, pinching and stabbing pains there. Oh, I’m just old and fat, right? Well, the pain continued to increase as more symptoms manifested. I finally had to see the doctor and go through, what I swear was every medical test created, to find out that I have Fibromyalgia and honestly, it’s a fancy name for they don’t know what the hell is ACTUALLY wrong with my body.
More Mental Health In Our House
Not only do I have to try to balance all of my own mental and physical difficulties, I also have a 13 year old boy with issues of his own. My son has High Functioning Autism, Bi-Polar, ADHD and Anxiety.
Yes, my son knows about all of his diagnosis and what they mean, in text book terms. Like I said, transparency, normalize the conversation. I never want him to be ashamed, scared or angry about who he is.
So yes, I am also parenting autism and a slew of other mental health issues, that are only growing with his age. Am I going to post about it? Yes I am. He told me I could, because he wants people to understand.