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