posted on Sep, 14 2016 @ 09:00 AM
I think we all have some form of mental illness. Be it OCD, paranoia, bi-polar disorder, generally being an asshole at times. The key between the
“normal” people and the one’s who need help seems to be the ability to mask those issues, or at least identify them as they happen and change
something in your routine to minimize the public visualization of said illness.
I have a daughter who has bi-polar disorder and it’s been getting much more distinct, where we can see the “high’s” happening, and predict the
crash and ultimate low’s that come next. She has always had trouble getting along with the “regular” people. She actively seeks out others
with obvious issues. ( I think to make her feel a bit more normal) But that usually puts her in a bad group of company and doesn’t elevate her in
her job, or relationships. My oldest daughter (step daughter) has some of the same symptoms, but we have always just associated that with being
bitchy. But she seems to be able to mask the bad episodes rather well.
I have a hard time getting the youngest to realize that other people’s opinions don’t mean #. She has her life to live and her decisions to make.
So while I keep trying to find her a mental health solution that does more than just prescribe drugs, I wonder if there is any advice that others
with the same level of illness might know to get through to a person in that state. She always agrees with me when I offer advice like my thoughts
above, but rarely remembers what I said. So I feel like my help is pointless largely.
And all this comes from a guy who goes from happy, to depressed and generally being a dick at times. (but I realize when that happens and usually tell
my wife to just ignore me for a bit while I get back to “normal”.) I can go back and look at my post history and see those times when I was
cranky or had a bit too much sand in my crotch.