30 Days of Mental Illness Awareness Challenge -Day 11

Day 11: What is the worst thing in regard to your mental illness(es)?

Stating the obvious would be too easy. I’ve already touched on the symptoms of my specific illnesses and how they affect me in earlier blogs. I find those challenges on the whole to be negative/bad/unfortunate/a bummer, and whatever other not so pleasant describing word one might want to assign a condition that causes a person sadness, discomfort and guilt not for a particular reason but for a maladjustment in brain chemistry.

So I will skip all of that and instead write about what I find these challenges take away from me. Only knowing that I have had these illnesses for a year has led to more fears of what may be a result of my illnesses or what may end up coming from it since for the most part it has always been a part of who I am. (That, ladies and gentleman, is anxiety.)

I can wholeheartedly admit how nervous I am about how I might react if anyone ever blames my being rightfully angry or upset about something that has occurred and because I have chosen to be so open and honest about my illness this person decide to assume to blame my reaction on my mental illness instead of apologizing for whatever it is they did to make me angry or upset to begin with. My wrestling with the decision to be open or hide this has been tough. I pray no one is cruel enough to try to use that against me. Mental illness certainly doesn’t make me any less of a person. And if I don’t use it as an excuse (and I don’t and I NEVER will) then no one else has the right to either! I work with it and around it when necessary but I live a very full, busy life and I contribute fully to society as I should. I don’t and won’t ever hurt anyone else, or myself, as a result of my illness and I don’t give anyone else the right to hurt me because of it either.

If at anytime that changes in spite of everything I have done, everyone I have trusted, and all of the work and time invested in my health I believe THAT will have been the very worst thing.

Other than that, as I have said many times, everything happens for a reason. I am not the first person to get sick and I am not the last. Many people have it worse than I do and yet manage to accomplish more so there is no reason for me to feel sorry for myself. Some days it is harder than others to look at this as an opportunity but I try to. If I don’t then (as horribly cliched as it reads) the illness wins. I am extremely competitive and mostly competitive with myself. There isn’t any reason for me to give up now. I just have a bigger DSM vocabulary now. And a few more doctors in my contact list.

30 Days of Mental Illness Awareness Challenge- Master List.



About Christine O.

I had been a young, single Mom to two girls for ten years; until March 9, 2014 when I married my soul-mate Jason. I’m a former 20 year+ full time executive in a demanding field turned business owner (this year); marathon runner, daughter to the perfect parents, oldest sister of a highly successful ‘normal’ younger brother and ‘functional’ single-mother (of 3) sister, coach, boss, best friend, member of the church choir, volunteer for the local NAMI, AFSP, and CASA organizations, and have over time become well acclimated to the world of mental illness after a life changing event or two. I have also become known in my community as the one who takes on the High School year after year in attempts to have a Suicide Prevention Program in place (as in Texas statute). My goal in writing, blogging and learning as much as I can about such subjects is to defeat stigma associated with brain disease, preventing suicide in the future, and saving my family.
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3 Responses to 30 Days of Mental Illness Awareness Challenge -Day 11

  1. Matt Fried says:

    Hey Christine, I just watched this. Thought you would like it:

    • Christine O. says:

      Wow. Great Ted Talk. I hadn’t watched that one before. She makes some very good points…and also makes me all the more thankful I didn’t get near drugs. But I did find other unhealthy coping methods. Thank you for sharing that with me!

  2. Pingback: 30MIAC Day 11: Round Up/Results | Marci, Mental Health, & More

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