I wish I never told anyone about my mental illness I only have anxiety and depression, but now that I have a mental illness it feels like there is a stigma that follows me everywhere I go no matter what relationship I'm in whether family, friends or partners and I can't get away from it it hurts because I find people try to play dr with me and try to diagnose me with other illnesses because I tend to get more emotional than some people I have a very open relationship with my dr and he's diagnosed with the correct diagnosis and yet no matter what I know about myself people think up other diagnosis I don't know how to explain this entirely but I've been accused of pibolar disorder, schizophrenia and others because I've come out with being mentally ill from depression and anxiety I explain myself and open up to correct people but I'm not heard either I'm not sure how to respond anymore the latest accusation is that I hear things now and I feel so alone I'm not as bad off as people try to make me sound I'm just not heard and misunderstood
theincarnated1 theincarnated1
4 Responses May 20, 2015

Yes, people can be very ignorant, and also very arrogant. And I think it's always the hardest to deal with when it's your own family.

I have suffered from depression and anxiety. Two of my sisters have tried to diagnose me with other mental illnesses or disabilities, and that was very hurtful. But when I tried to tell them how wrong they were and to stop trying to diagnose me, they wouldn't listen to me. They would tell me that they were trying to help me and that I should stop being so ungrateful.

I'm doing much better now (thanks in large part to the fact that I switched to a different psychiatrist), so they don't bother me so much anymore. But I've never forgotten the way they talked to me when I was struggling. And I will never again open up to them the way I did then.

Sorry for the long post. I guess I'm just trying to say that you're not alone, and there is hope. I hope that things get better for you soon.

People are so ignorant to things they do not understand. I try to keep my struggles to myself. People who know about my problems try to tell me what I need to be doing. I just talk to my therapist and doctor about my problems.

Exactly, if you haven't been there you wouldn't understand.

i was diagnosed too but i can say i am free from dercums with no symptoms of it coming back for over a year now

Try to explain to them in no uncertain terms that their "helping" is actually hurting you. If they have issue with that, then maybe suggest that you are not the only one that needs help. Stand up for yourself, you are ill, not broken, damaged, or deformed. I know you try and have kept trying for a long time now -- I understand. I empathize on personal level with you, luckily my family was not that bad. My wish for you is strength, and courage, because you are quite capable ^.^ Cheers :D