A few weeks ago a discussion started on a friend’s status update about the stupid things that crisis line workers had suggested when we were in crisis. It was the catalyst for a rant to Paul about the unfairness of relying on other people to help you when you were feeling vulnerable. It spilled into conversations with my psychologist about how I now use having to deal with crisis lines as a deterrent for self harm.It was through these conversations that it hit me just how unbalanced the power is when it comes to a person with a mental illness. This imbalance spills into other parts of their life as well. Their physical needs are often written off as symptoms of a mental illness. Chest pain is a panic attack, stomach pain is anxiety, an allergic reaction is depression (this one happened to someone I know!).
It has come to my attention that some people seem to think that the words worry and anxiety can be interchangeable. Nope. They aren’t the same at all. One is a fleeting thought, while the other is a debilitating mental illness.
Yesterday, I read this post which told the story of one woman’s experience with untreated post natal anxiety. Eva has also shared her story here on my blog. The post also went on to discuss the impact that a Facebook post could have had on an anxious new mum.
*The following post is an account of my experience with seeking a mental health defense. If you or someone else believes that they have a case of a mental health defense please seek legal advice.*
Every time a person commits a crime that people believe is out of the scope of a mentally well person, the comment sections of news sites are filled with comments about the person ‘getting away with it’ because they are mentally ill. Almost 8 years ago I committed a crime. A crime that is classified as a violent crime. I was mentally unwell, and yet I didn’t ‘get away’ with anything.
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) was first included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in the third edition which was released in 1980. However the term borderline was first used in the medical profession by a psychologist named Adolf Stern*.