Wednesday, 8 April 2015

His Say, Her Say- Living with mental illness.




Her say: As the one suffering with mental illness, it's Luke who has to pick up the pieces when things go wrong, it's hard because some days I can't even get out of bed. I find it hard to even breathe let alone get up and face the world. But it's been made better by Luke who despite doing his own degree sits in the waiting room of every counselling appointment, comes to all the doctors ones with me and most importantly is always there to hold my hand on the times when I can't bring myself to do anything at all. Living with Mental Illness for me is tough, but we never really think about how those around us are suffering, they feel your moods with you, especially if they live with you. When you're down they feel down too.

Waking up every morning and struggling with PTSD and the constant hang of Anxiety over my head almost makes it impossible go out by myself, I struggle to go to university half of the time and spend my days in bed, sleeping, watching Netflix or blogging. He's the one that helps me with my medication, holds me when I cry and helps me when I am on a huge down, he gives me confidence I never knew I had. It's crazy to think that someone is dedicating their life in aid to help me get better and overcome my illness.

For those of you who are living with people who are suffering with Mental Illness you should be proud of yourself for no matter what standing by that person and despite everything that happens, still loving them the exact same. You deserve a medal for sticking by them, but those who are suffering with Mental Illness you should also be damn proud of yourself as you keep going every single day despite wanting to give up, and let go. You hold on and you're doing great, you will get there.

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28 comments

  1. I have no direct experience with mental illness but I can imagine it must be very draining at times for loved ones around.

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  2. I used to be a psychiatric nurse. You are right, it can be all enveloping and those suffering offering sometimes cannot see how it affects those we love.

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  3. I used to be a psychiatric nurse. Mental illness can be all enveloping and those nearest and dearest can often be neglected.

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  4. Your boyfriend sounds an absolute rock. I am sorry you are going through this and hope you get better as soon as possible. It's great that you are raising awareness of how awful mental illness can be.

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  5. That last paragraph really got me. I suffer from severe depression and anxiety, and it can be hard to deal with at times, but in the morning, you just gotta get up, dust yourself, and start a new day. I find that looking really good (make-up and clothing) helps my depression on days when I'm at my worst, being in public and looking good is a HUGE confidence booster and it does make me feel fantastic. My anxiety is another issue which I'm still learning to control. It turns up unexpectedly and sometimes I just need to take time out or deep breaths. I'm on medication and it does help, but I hope that one day I can live my life free of mental illness.

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  6. I have severe PTSD and Anxiety.

    You are so brave and worthy of happiness. I wish you only the best in the future. If you need anyone to talk to, I'm here.

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  7. This is such an insightful post and one that must have taken a lot of guts to post so well done you for speaking openly about it! You should be very proud of yourself and I'm so happy that you have a boyfriend who can support you and that you can get positive vibes from blogging and the blogger community :) I for one think you're a fabulous, lovely lady and are an inspiration to others. xxxx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

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  8. My mum has a mental illness and often says how lucky she is to have my dad. And after all that is true love for a person, to put their happiness and welfare first even when it's difficult.
    You're both really inspiring - keep going!
    Rebecca | The Two Twenty Somethings
    Xx

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  9. Olivia I teared up reading this!! Your so luck to have Luke by your side! Xx

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  10. This really struck a chord with me this morning. I suffer with depression, and it's been getting the better of me for the past few weeks, and now thanks to your post I am going to be calling my doctor first thing in the morning and sorting my medication out. I also think I may emulate this post on my blog, as I really would really love others to know what it is like being in a relationship whilst suffering with a mental illness... so thank you

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  11. Mental illness is so, so hard - it's great that you have a supportive partner.

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  12. My best friend has been diagnosed with depression and sometimes it gets hard. I'm proud of you for staying strong as much as you can. It's also amazing that you have support.

    I'm visiting you from the #fblchat. Thanks for the link!!

    My Cup of Tea xxx

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  13. I've had issues with mental health problems for years, it's such a difficult thing to go through anyway but especially if you're by yourself. I'm glad you have such a supportive partner to help you get through this tough time.


    Holly Olivia x


    www.hollyoliviacreates.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. This is a beautiful post! I currently struggle with leaving the house and I know it puts great strain on my boyfriend but he's there for me which I appreciate greatly. Im glad you have support too, it takes a lot of courage to talk about mental health and by doing this you are increasing awareness, this is so inspiring. I'm so glad I joined the chat tonight you did an amazing job

    www.sophieslittlesecrets.blogspot.com

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  15. I love this series. I'm so sorry you are suffering, and it's amazing you have the confidence to talk about it. I'm so glad you have the support you deserve too. You two are truely an inspirational couple. whimsicalmumblings.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. Love this post =]


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  17. This is such a great post, I love how you've written about the topic from both perspectives! My dad passed away recently, and my housemate has been the most supportive person ever.. I wouldn't where I am today without her. x

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  18. Love how you've written about the topic from both your perspectives.. My dad passed away recently and I wouldn't be coping if it wasn't for my housemate, she has been beyond supportive! x

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  19. What a great post! I am lucky that I have managed to put my PTSD behind me. At first it was really difficult as my husband at the time, now my ex, was very unsupportive and was a hindrance in my recovery. Having met someone new, in the short space of time, I have managed to come of my medication and all seems to be going well. However, I know that if the time comes that I relapse, he will be right there and so, if I need it, will the medication, as one thing I have learnt is that you shouldnt struggle on as there is help so take it xx

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  20. I just wrote a post on my blog about my story with depression, and I can SO relate to you. I know exactly how you were feeling, and my boyfriend was the biggest help. He kept me so motivated and reminded me that I was loved, and important to some people. Thank you for sharing your story! :)
    It'sMyLife

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  21. No problem lovely, I am going to check out your story I think it's great you are brave enough to share it! xxx

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  22. Well done you, I am super proud of you. It's great that you are managing to get your life back on track you deserve the world of happiness xx

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  23. Such a sad thing to hear lovely, I am always here if you need a chat and your housemate seems fabulous! xx

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  24. Thanks SO much, we really enjoy doing it together we are trying to work out if it to make it a more regular feature rather than monthly as it seems popular within our readers :) xx

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  25. Thank you for joining in the chat, it means a lot to me! Also if you ever need to talk I am here for you, just drop me a tweet and we can talk! xxx

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  26. I hope you're doing a little better now as it's SO difficult to get through, I don't know how I would do it without him xx

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  27. I can totally relate to everything you have said. I have been diagnosed with some mental health illnesses for five years, been on and off medication and in and out of counselling.
    Reading Luke's 'His Say' almost made me cry because my partner has been in the same role and echoed a lot of what he said about seeing past the illness to the real you.
    It sounds like we are both lucky to have such great support in our lives!

    Take care,
    Jenna

    princessparasox.wordpress.com

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