Having a mate in your corner can make all the difference when you have a mental health problem. So, if your mate is acting differently, step in. It's not hard - read these stories to see how it's done.
I didn’t fully understand that at first. I used to hate myself for not being able to just get on with life, and think it’s my fault I’m like this. Since my treatment, I slowly started to get it, that this isn’t a choice or attitude problem and I’m not just attention seeking. Accepting that this is part of me and I can’t change that. I can now say to myself when I feel like the world’s falling apart around me, “I’m not OK, but that’s OK”, and that helps to give me grounding and a brief moment of clarity.
Getting a mental health diagnosis was one of the scariest moments of my life. Being told I had borderline personality disorder (BPD) and bipolar changed my life in a matter of 10 minutes. I went from being a 'normal' 20 year old, to a girl with a label. What was most over-whelming, was the fear attached with how this would affect my relationships and the world around me.
I was recently told that I have PTSD, and had been living with it for over half of my life. Suddenly my entire perception of the world was turned upside down; to find out that the way I had lived my life wasn't how other people did was a major shock to my system. I effectively had to learn how to be a human again.