Mental Illness--Debunking the myths/sharing some insight.. - page 2
Mental illness is a most misunderstood illness. The brain is an interesting organ, and reacts differently to/or lack thereof chemicals to make it work properly. Mental illness can be a difficult... Read More
1May 8, '13 by dirtyhippiegirl, BSN, RNQuote from jadelpnNo, one of the possible symptoms of anorexia per the DSM is that belief.And we shall agree to disagree, as part of the diagnosis of those who are anorexics do believe themselves to be obese.
I was a 60 lb anorexic at one point. For many years and many hospitalizations and many therapists, etc. I never believed that I was overweight -- I was always "slim" or "naturally small." I knew I was skinny, even too skinny (but too skinny was always okay because everyone who was anyone was too skinny.) I look back at pictures of myself and see someone who was sickly and emaciated. I never, ever believed that I was overweight. I had two heart-attacks at 15. Your average, chronic, severely anorexic patient doesn't really believe that he or she is obese. I was one and I've been friends with and chatted and simply known many more.
2May 8, '13 by AlisonisayoshiEating disorders are so vast and very personally dependent. I did not believe myself to be any more than the weight on the scale. I simply held the delusion that life would get oh so much better the smaller that number got. I did actually believe that delusion. I also did see my body as bigger than it was, but not obese in the slightest. I knew I was small. I just wanted to be smaller because somehow that would make everything "all better".
Sorry to butt in on that topic, but eating disorders are so misunderstood. I just wanted to bring some clarity from a patient perspective.
1May 8, '13 by dirtyhippiegirl, BSN, RNQuote from lorirn58I'm not trying to pull a Thomas Szasz. I believe firmly in the (mainly) biochemical roots of mental illness. I believe in psychotropic drugs to fix mental illness. But when you completely dismiss a psychotic individual's ability to be part of the human experience -- you're discrediting the individual and the ability of the individual to have divided core beliefs. I'm an atheist who prayed for and imagined my mom in a better place when she died last year. Why is it so impossible to imagine psychotic individuals with similar split-beliefs? You're doing your patients a disservice when you assume.Hey would you please go a little deeper into your last paragraph, dirtyhippiegirl? I am very interested in some deeper thought and clarification of this as I believe I know what you are saying and I agree....thanks.
My last roommate thought she was a dude. She also thought that she was part of a large gang (that doesn't exist in our area) and thought she was being persecuted by the devil.
We argued back and forth for days.
You're /not/ a dude.
Look at my penis!
I don't see a penis.
etc. etc. for days.
She eventually decided that she didn't have a penis because she had a female roommate (me) and x psych unit just wouldn't house boys and girls together. (My idea.) She still had all the same other beliefs, which I did question with her and she held firmly to.
1May 9, '13 by vintagemotherQuote from VivaLasViejasI 100% echo Vivalasviejas statement!Where's the bowing smilie when you need it........THANK YOU for this excellent essay!! As a nurse, I appreciate your understanding of the science behind brain disorders; as a patient, I appreciate your understanding, period.
1May 17, '13 by piggyknows15I found your article very insightful. My husband and I the legal guardians and aunt/uncle of a 17yr old niece. She spent a minimum of 8yrs suffering at the hands of a severely unstable, undiagnosed, violent, and abusive single mother from the ages of 6-14yrs of age. She has endured an incredible amount abuse in her life. I found this article beneficial as it is easy to understand and she can absorb it. There's so much more to her story but at that, it is her story. When she came into our family legally, she was broken and we have tried desperately to repair those broken places. So far it's just been 3yrs. Progress isn't fast or permanent but slow +steady gets us much farther.