Written by Wemimo.
As a child I was not typical. I had learning difficulties, I day dreamed, I didn’t connect with others, my moods shifted periodically from being overly excited to gloom and my Mom like most Yoruba Moms or well Black Moms didn’t spare therod. I was her first child and it was hard to admit she had a less than perfect child. It is still difficult for her and my siblings to accept that I am “MENTALLY ILL” ( I will discuss the role of a Support System in another write up). Anyway, I didn’t realise till I was mid way into my teen years that I was different and I had to learn to accept it. It wouldmean I ensured I curbed my need to react as much as I could and that I avoided social interactions when I didn’t feel up to it. Yes I got named and teased for being moody, antisocial etc, but I learnt my place of peace is all I need.
Special Submission by Wemimo.
There are days I understand Shrek on so many levels and while I can allude to the helplessness and impulsivity of living with Bipolar Disorder, I know there is usually a brief moment when I can choose to walk away from the damage and havoc I am about to wreak on myself, society and loved ones in Mania. I also now know to remember the gloom will pass in depression, and to enjoy a mixed state.
Everyone knows that illness could cause sadness but do you know that sadness can cause illness? It was found that is there is a strong connection between physical and emotional pain. These thoughts that appear in your mind can change your mood and this in turn could damage your physical body!
The threshold for seeking help for mental health problems has become lower, but many people still suffer alone for far too long. A difficult situation in life can become too stressful for anyone to bear, and personal strategies and the support of friends and family members may no longer be sufficient. Sometimes it is impossible to find a specific reason, for example in current or past events in life, that would explain the bad feeling.