While most people understand mental illness, there are a small minority that don't. I read this post: 7 Things You Shouldn't Say to Someone with Anxiety, and it really spoke to me. And had me thinking... there's a few things I would add... and I would add in "and depression" to the title.
- You should just pray and trust that God is in control.
I pray often and trust Him; it's not about that... it's an illness. It has nothing to do with how much I pray or trust.
- God can and will heal you.
I know that He can, but He may not choose to. It's not about not trusting that He can heal me; I understand that He is the ultimate healer. Often times, He allows "thorns" for a reason and a purpose, and that's kind of hard to swallow. And if He choose to heal me, it may be a while. I trust that He has a reason for that as well.
- You need to just get over it, I did.
- I've had hard things happen too, and I just deal with it.
It's not (just) about hard things happening... those just make it worse.
- Being positive is a choice; you can choose to be happy.
Not exactly... there are things that I can change about my behavior, but I cannot just choose to not have the mental illness. I don't want it... if I could choose it away, I would.
- You probably share too much; maybe that makes it worse?
Nope. For me, sharing is therapeutic and helps others. That makes it easy for me to want to share.
I've noticed a definite pattern now, so I can choose to try to stop the downward spiral before it gets too bad, but I may not be successful.
Okay... my next post will be more positive :-). We just got chickens again! :-)