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Frida KahloLoads of online discussion this week about Mental illness. A conversation long overdue. However, I'd hoped for a more balanced discussion, instead it's been confession overload. Not included are the silent victims! Friends, family and co-workers contending with an affected person. The ramification and dark side of the illness has been evaded!
|Wip...quite suitable for this post though|
Whether it's a mood, Psychotic disorder, impulse control, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, eating or personality disorder at times it can be so debilitating with a trickle down affect on families! Not all disorders make people unstable, but when they do it can have devastating affects on friends and family! As we all saw last week when a revered man sadly decided to exit the world without warning.
Many people function unaware they're ill. A family member can go years without suspecting their partner has a mental illness, even though something feels strangely off!! I've seen families constantly appease a member who terrorizes the family if they don't get their own way. Much like addiction you can't predict when bad behavior will arise or who will be affected.
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Years ago a highly medicated schizophrenic coworker fell in love with me. He was on the maximum medication you could take and still function!! We worked intimately during late shifts. He'd say and do bazaar things that totally scared me. His wife left, but said he was a phenomenal man before his illness. One can only imagine how difficult it was for that family living with an almost complete stranger. It's not just about someone who's unwell, it's about loved ones living with them too!
|Credit goes to Cupcake for this amazing flower. Taken at Coal Harbour in Vancouver B.C.|