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That's the number of Americans said to be living with one or more mental illnesses, according to some statistics. Of course, that's just the number who have an actual diagnosis, or who admit to having some sort of psychological... Read More


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    Quote from dirtyhippiegirl
    ^you could equally make the argument that personality disorders aren't truly a mental illness, either. And EDs get lumped in with substance abuse all the time.
    dirtyhippiegirl, do you mean that personality disorders aren't necessarily brain/biological disorders?

    My understanding is that Axis I diagnoses are considered to have a brain/biological component (e.g., bipolar, depression, anxiety, etc.). Personality disorders, however, fall under Axis II and are thought to have more of a developmental origin.

    I think it will be interesting to see the changes when the DSM-5 comes out later this year, not that I have a book on reserve.
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    I would love to get my hands on a DSM V when it comes out!

    And I understand, it's not JUST PPD, it's serious and needs to be taken care of. I waited so long to get help (about 5 months after my first and almost 2 yeas after my 2nd) because I felt like SUCH a failure. I had these beautiful little blessing, and my mind wasn't really there. My marriage suffered, but thank God he stayed with me and helped me pull through this. I swear I owe that man my life. Honestly, I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for him. I suffered, I guess a form of severe PPD? 10 years ago we lost a baby (#3 out of 4 we lost, 3 m/c, 1 still born) and I was absolutely crushed. My whole life had been planned around that baby, and all my hopes and dreams just blown away in an instant. I was numb to the world for weeks. I was so young and innocent. 25 years old, planning a funeral for my son. Nothing "bad" had ever happened to me. Nothing! My parents were still married, I was never abused, I was never neglected, the only people I had lost were grandparents. And then that. Away from family and friends (Army life) in a brand new town(been there 2 months), not knowing hardly anyone, not knowing what to do. I crawled into a deep depression and all I wanted was to die. All I wanted was to be with my baby, but I knew I couldn't. I couldn't leave my husband. I couldn't break his heart any more than it had already been broken, so together we got better. We moved on. We survived. I felt a TON of pressure on me when I had my last 2. They were blessings, I know, but I felt like I had failed because I wasn't happy like I should have been. But, with my hunny's help, and the help of a counselor and my Dr, I got on the right track again and am 100% better, YAY!
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    And I'm sorry for the long post!
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    OMG, you really have been through it!!! I've had one miscarriage, lost a newborn daughter 29 years ago, and I thought that was end of my life right there......cannot imagine living through the sort of tragedies you have. More ((((HUGS)))) to you, hon.
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    I was diagnosed with PTSD several years ago, although I've never been in the armed services, or on a foreign land, or off to war at any point in my life.

    To keep a long story short, my father was using illegal drugs during my early and middle childhood and I occasionally witnessed acts of domestic violence and destruction of furniture and other personal property, which was bewildering to me at that age. I also have memories of my father at the kitchen table splitting the rocks of crack cocaine with a razor blade on top of a mirror prior to smoking them.

    I also have an unpleasant memory of my mother holding a rifle considering suicide.

    I sometimes get powerful, overwhelming flashbacks of the unpleasant events that happened during my early and middle childhood years. Sometimes the flashbacks are so debilitating that I'll cry or go numb, similar to an out-of-body experience. People are insensitive and tell me to "Get over it." I wish I could. I wonder if people think I want to constantly relive the past. I don't. Believe me on that!
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    Quote from mariebailey
    dirtyhippiegirl, do you mean that personality disorders aren't necessarily brain/biological disorders?

    My understanding is that Axis I diagnoses are considered to have a brain/biological component (e.g., bipolar, depression, anxiety, etc.). Personality disorders, however, fall under Axis II and are thought to have more of a developmental origin.

    I think it will be interesting to see the changes when the DSM-5 comes out later this year, not that I have a book on reserve.
    Kind of, I guess? It's more if you expand out to the literature. An "illness" is a derivative from the person's norm. A personality disorder is a derivative personality from the collective norm but not different from the person's norm. Some of the harsher literature delves into manipulation, intent. etc. It's more of a reflection on how many professionals view personality disorders, I suppose. I just brought it up as another way of thinking - re. the idea that substance abuse disorders are not mental illnesses, etc.

    Subjectively, it's an interesting conversation piece -- what constitutes a mental illness, are mental illnesses "illnesses." The history of the DSM and how it became the authoritative diagnostic guide to mental illness is also very interesting.
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    Thanks! That is my main reason in becoming a nurse. Yeah, I want to help people, like most everyone else, but not just that. 10 years ago there was very little done for things like what happened to me. My nurse was awesome, and I will never forget her, but not everyone is so lucky. I know we have to, I dunno the word, like shut off our feelings? Towards things like that. I know that nurses can not dwell on the lost baby while taking care of the 2 or 3 other new moms/babies. But, I also know that just because that baby died doesn't make it less of a person than anyone else. I have heard so many horror stories! The moms tend to be taken care of less (from what I have heard from other baby loss mommies) than they would have had their baby been born alive. Almost forgotten. I want to be in there. I want to be the nurse that doesn't forget them, that treats them like a mother, because they are one. They have to same needs as any other new mom out there, and I want them to know that. I know that I can't do it for every single one out there, but if I can do it for just one person than my years of schooling would have been worth it.
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    For anyone who likes the Charlie Rose Show, they did a show on The Mentally Ill Brain as part of their Brain Series. It is a fantastic show with Elyn Saks & Kay Redfield Jamison, who share their personal experiences with mental illness. I think you all would enjoy it. http://www.charlierose.com/view/inte...8?sponsor_id=1
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    By the way......February is not only the month for hearts and chocolates, but also for Bipolar Disorder Awareness (hence the green ribbon in my avatar). No, I didn't know this either until about six weeks ago, when I ran across a reference to it on a BP forum that I frequent.

    While I doubt it'll ever reach the prominence of Valentine's Day or even Presidents' Day---it's nice to see a movement being born that may eventually make life better for people with all kinds of mental health issues.
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    oh thanks re the green ribbon, I asked you in a PM but now I know ...

    glad you started the thread - yep I am one of those w/ bipolar illness and that is the primary reason I'm not working as a nurse - altho my anxiety is a major component of my disability.

    plus chronic pain, plus, plus, plus ... lol
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