I’M DAVID AND I’M MENTALLY ILL

This blog site is not designed to be one of those ‘poor me’ ones that leaves you feeling worse off than when you started reading it. While I draw upon my experience for examples, it’s not intended to be about me. If it starts getting that way yell out and tell me to stop being a wanker.

That said, I will take this one opportunity to bore you silly. Let me state for the record I am not a psychiatrist, psychiatric nurse or psychologist. Hell, I write ads for a living but don’t hold that against me. From a professional basis, the best I can offer is that I volunteer as a Community Presenter for the Black Dog Institute and serve on their Lived Experience Advisory Panel.

My main claim to fame in the mental health arena is this: I’ve suffered from bipolar 1 throughout my adulthood while working in a competitive industry and I’m still here to talk about it. Lucky you hey?

Consequently, I know what it’s like to be driven by anxieties so strong I sacrificed weekend after weekend to needless work. I know what it’s like to be so sleep deprived my keyboard began to resemble a fluffy pillow. And I know what it’s like to perform brilliantly in a meeting one moment only to find myself crying in a toilet cubicle the next.

When I was in my late twenties, I saw a psychiatrist. I was so disillusioned with the experience I did something only an idiotic young man could do. I decided to keep my mental health to myself and deal with it as I saw fit. It was the most stupid decision of my life. 25 years later, I did something incredibly smart. I saw another psychiatrist. He was brilliant and I gradually started to get my life back together.

So if you only take one thing from this blog, make it this: if you don’t feel well, do something. Don’t be embarrassed or ashamed, just do something – even if it’s just hanging around for the next post.

One last thing. Each post contains a link to a reputable mental health website and I couldn’t think of a better one to kick off with than this: http://www.beyondblue.org.au

 

 

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