So here are the round up people who participated in responding to my seventeenth 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 17: If you could get rid of your mental illness(es) would you? Why or why not?
From All That I Am, All That I Ever Was, Addy who explains that he would get rid of the social anxiety and PTSD, but the bipolar “Regardless of the pain, devastation, confusion and chaos that bipolar has inflicted on my life, it is still a part of who I am, and I part of it. We are one, my bipolar and I. Removing it would be like removing my eyes, my hands, my fingers or toes. It would be like erasing memories from my mind, eradicating my passions or expunging my innate playful kinkiness. I would still be breathing, still be walking and roaming the earth a living human being, but I wouldn’t be me.” It is common to wish some illnesses or symptoms away but others seeing as a part of who you are.
From Remember to Breathe, Lauren says “I think it’s one of those bittersweet situations. I love some of the characteristics of my OCD, but I hate others. But I think it’s possible to be rid of the anxiety and fear, but keep the good aspects. And that’s what I’m working on.”
And my answers which I say “I guess I would say that I would like to get rid of certain symptoms for sure, not sure how I would feel about never having the illnesses in the first place or just being magically “cured” now.” It’s again a representation of the mixed feeling of it being so much a part of who I am and made me who I am today but also the negative impact.
From Second Chances, Christine writes “I would ABSOLUTELY get rid of feeling depressed and anxious and make it so I would be able to stop taking anti-depressants in a heartbeat.”
From Fashion Anxious who says “In short my answer is Yes. In a heartbeat, without a second thought.”
From Beyond Normal who eloquently states: “To give a concrete answer, if I could get rid of my illness, I would. But then again, I cannot. I just have to make the best out of it.”
Also mylovelyborderlinepersonalitydisorder says “Of course I would. My condition, as I prefer to call it, has affected every single aspect of my life and it has always disrupted it.” she goes on to say that the empathetic and hyper sensitivity many experience with Borderline Personality Disorder as being too much for her and often being a trigger.
From That’s Crazy who appropriately titles this post “Oh is it ever complicated” and states “Without battling Depression and Anxiety I would be missing my personal sense of strength, my extreme introspective abilities, and my pure compassion for others. As I have come to realize that these are some of my greatest strengths, I have to succumb to answer I would rather not admit: no, I would not get rid of my mental illnesses.”
**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.