Everyone does say that laughter is the best medicine. Your medications are just a supplement.
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Mental Illness Mouse
Top text: Depression Subsides
Bottom text: Anxiety Comes Back Tenfold
There is no winning.
She finally updated 8 hours ago! I’m so glad that she’s back, everyone was so worried about her…
To the anon asking about hospital stays, the hospital may write off some, if not all of the charges. I had a $14,000 bill for a 3 day stay and the hospital completely wrote it off since my insurance didn’t pay for it. I didn’t even have to fill out any paperwork because I stayed in the psych ward. What’s more important though is getting the help you need.
I have an anecdote on the whole self diagnosis thing, take from it what you will. My dad has Seasonal Affective Disorder. Since I was 12ish I’d get very depressed in the winter; so I thought, of course, that I had the same thing. When I finally saw a doctor about it he put me on antidepressants and it was hell. I don’t have SAD. I have bipolar. I never thought anything of my highs and just thought I got more depressed than my father in the winter. Of course I only sought treatment when the depression was at a peak. I couldn’t remember ever being happy. If I had really thought about it during a point of stability I may have been more insightful, but maybe not.
I also have that kind of deja vu where something is happening and I feel I have lived this before and I feel I know what is about to happen even though I know I can’t see the future.
This is a UK-based charity but it may be of comfort to you to read through the website. I’m sorry that your grandmother’s experience of having BPD has been negative and makes you feel anxious. It doesn’t have to be that way for you. Just remember that people with PD diagnoses who are well and recovering aren’t the ones who get attention. There are people with PD diagnoses whose symptoms can be managed effectively (for instance with DBT, as mentioned).
Have a look at Dr. Young’s Schema Therapy, which is an approach that has a lot of positive feedback from people with PD diagnoses, at least in the UK.