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    What do you do when you are aware of a depressive episode, but cannot seem to break the mindset?

    <p>What do you do when you are aware of a depressive episode, but cannot seem to break the mindset?</p>
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    Mental Illness Is a Disability, and That’s OK

    When I was younger, every time I heard the word “disabled,” I would picture someone who was in a wheelchair. When I became more involved in the disability community the definition of disabled changed. I realized that the word “disabled” incorporated many conditions that were visible and invisible. Today I want to go further than just invisible physical disabilities. I’ve noticed that not many people talk about mental illnesses becoming a disability. Mental illnesses are considered invisible. You can not see if someone has an anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, PTSD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, major depressive disorders, and many other mental illnesses. When you have an invisible disability it can be hard for people to take your condition seriously. Many mental illnesses can dramatically affect how someone functions in the world. Throughout my life, I’ve dealt with depression, OCD, eating disorders, and PTSD. My mental illnesses can sometimes affect my work and limit my activities. When I was in college my OCD impacted my driving ability, it made me consistently late, and it affected my relationships. My PTSD can stop me in my tracks. Flashbacks can hold me hostage. My mental illnesses are a disability. They make me disabled and that’s OK to say. Using the word disabled to explain how my mental state affects me can be very helpful when describing to others what I go through. So what defines being disabled? The dictionary definition of a disability is:1) A physical or mental condition that limits a person’s movements, senses, or activities.2) A disadvantage or handicap, especially one imposed or recognized by the law. Stop gatekeeping the word disabled. The disabled identity can be extremely important when learning how to accept your limitations. Those with a mental illness need to be able to identify with the word disabled. We have to be careful when gatekeeping the word disabled. The word disabled doesn’t mean that someone is unable to work due to a disability. It also doesn’t mean that you have to have a physical disability. Many disabilities are invisible, including mental illnesses. You can still be disabled even if you don’t receive disability payments from the government. The keywords in the definition of disability are that a disability can be “a physical or mental condition.”  While part of the definition suggests that a disability can be recognized by the law such as receiving disability pay, that doesn’t mean that if you do not receive disability from the government, you are not disabled. Certain mental illnesses fall under this category, as they can be debilitating and can significantly affect someone’s life. While some people who have a disability rely on government aid due to not being able to work, not all disabled individuals are on disability aid. Many are still able to work but their mental condition limits them. Mental illnesses can affect relationships both romantically and socially, such as an anxiety disorder that prevents someone from being able to socialize and causes severe stress. Since I’ve started referring to my mental illnesses as a disability, it has helped me give words to what I go through and how my mental illnesses can be disabling. I can explain to others why I’m having a hard day. I can ask for accommodations if needed. Claiming the word “disabled” empowers me.

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    Self Care For When You Can’t “#Selfcare

    <p>Self Care For When You Can’t “<a class="tm-topic-link ugc-topic" title="Self-care" href="/topic/self-care/" data-id="5b23ceb600553f33fe99c2d6" data-name="Self-care" aria-label="hashtag Self-care">#Selfcare</a>  ”</p>
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    "Christmas in the Psych Ward" Song just released

    <p>"Christmas in the Psych Ward" Song just released</p>
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    A Must Read/Listen to

    <p>A Must Read/Listen to</p>
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    How do you deal with anger?

    Let me clarify that I'm talking about anger as a symptom here.

    What I mean by that is that I have negative and intrusive thoughts every day. But a good day is when I can push these thoughts away easily and a bad one when I believe my mind.

    Usually, just before truly bad days come, I have some days I can't figure out what's wrong. I'm so irritable with the smallest things. A person's characteristic I find funny other days, hits on my nerves or a simple arguement can make me bad.

    The thing is, I realize it's only my problem. For example, if I have a tiny argument with a friend my mind will go like "you're not suitable as friends, they're going to find out soon and push you away so what's the the point". In the end it's my mind that makes me mad and irritable and not the person or situation so I have a hard time handling socialization like this.

    #DepressiveDisorders #Anxiety #anger #MightyTogether #MightyQuestions

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    Some won’t understand.

    <p>Some won’t understand.</p>
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    Vacation and mental health (or lack of it)

    Hey there, I hope you had some peace of mind today.

    So, let me go right in and say that initially this post was supposed to be about handling the fact that I can't get excited. Every time I talk with friends (or hear them talk) about our vacation anxiety is taking over and I keep thinking negatively. I just blame myself for so many things: spending my parent's money, not being able to get excited and not being able to tell that openly. I just feel a bad friend because I want to be there but my mind doesn't let me be okay with that.

    But after today's discussion there's more. My friend had some difficulties with anxiety and her therapist told her she should ask us to do many things like go out and meet people. Knowing her, I honestly believe it will help her and it's good that she openly asked for it.

    But truth is, if I had a therapist I don't think she would say the same to me. Right now it's hard for me to handle the people I already have in my life. Social anxiety comes and goes and I hate myself in so many aspects I just can't really do the vacation thing. I believe being with friends and being closer to nature will help but my issues won't be solved just like that. I really try not to get mad when I hear that "getting out will help" because yes it can but it doesn't always help and I it's like I should feel guilty for going out and not being helped. I know the wise thing would be to tell them that but I don't think I will.

    So, really, it sounds like a lost case but is there anything you would advice me to do, based on your experience, that would help me handle myself and my moods and issues better?

    #Depression #DepressiveDisorders #Anxiety #SocialAnxiety #MightyQuestions

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