30 Days MIAC Day 16: Round Up/Results

22 Feb

MIA challenge

So here are the round up people who participated in responding to my sixteenth prompt on the 30 Days of Mental Illness Awareness Challenge. If you participated and I haven’t added your post here, please pingback to the main challenge page with prompts or tag your post 30MIAC.

Day 16: How many people are you “out” to with your mental illness(es)? Why?

From Pieces of Me, Gypsy who says she is out to just about everyone who knows her. “I dont think that mental health issues are something that anyone should be ashamed of, and the more suffers are open and talk about it, the better”  She does mention that people are uncomfortable talking about it.

From All That I Am, All That I Ever Was, Addy who proudly states “The answer is: everyone! and says he shouldn’t have to hide who he is.

From Remember to Breathe, Lauren talks about coming out to just about everyone only 4 months after her diagnosis and the surprise at the support she has received and proving the not “typical” mentally ill stereotypes.

And my answers which talk about a lack of other people knowing because of shame and trust issues.  “The reason not many people know is because I don’t know a lot of people and that I feel ashamed or like I will be judged if people know my mental illnesses.  Most the people who know only know because I couldn’t hide it from them.  Only the first 3 know everything because I trust them and have told them.  Yeah, I also don’t trust people either so that’s another reason why.”

From Second Chances, Catherine writes about the fear of coming out after a group member “She mentioned wanting me to write about ‘Coming out as a professional in the working world’ and attaching my name to it, if I felt comfortable and I froze.”  She is now out to everyone and doesn’t feel shame.

From Fashion Anxious who talks about not many knowing about her battle with anxiety and bot wanting to be labeled.

From Beyond Normal who responds simply “Basically everyone who cares enough to ask. Or not ask. Doesn’t matter. I don’t like keeping secrets.”

Also mylovelyborderlinepersonalitydisorder represents the common experience of some people being supportive and others running away.

From That’s Crazy who offers a great guideline for coming out: “It took a long time dealing with my illness, and developing a good sense of self before before making this decision. But now it is out and I hope others will join me when it is appropriate for them.”

From Sassy Cat who says she is out to immediate family including her mother, children, and husband.  The reason she is not out to the public is due to fear.

From Confessions of a Crafty Sinner who says she is out to the majority of family and co-workers adding “At first I was ashamed of my diagnosis, now I feel that by sharing my diagnosis and talking to others about my experience I could possibly help someone who is going through the same thing.”

**Thanks to all who participated and continue to spread the word**

Also A Life of Madness who answered prompts 10-21 in a comprehensive post, she includes photos and has bipolar disorder.

Also from Surviving by Living who has conversion disorder and depression and answered prompts 15-18 in one comprehensive post.

4 Responses to “30 Days MIAC Day 16: Round Up/Results”

  1. Becky Bee April 7, 2014 at 11:44 PM #

    Hey Marci,

    Where has the Master List gone? My computer won’t hook up to the link I had before…

    thanks as usual for posting so mant peoples’ views, it’s always interesting to read.

    Bec

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