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Posted by Clairabel

I wrote a thread last week about mental health, and I was surprised to see the reactions of the people who replied - so many of you have suffered from mental illness, or you've recovered, or you're looking at getting diagnosed. Yeah, there were some negative stuff in there - I love being told that medication is an easy way out, or that I should embrace my illness as part of me, or even that depression isn't real. But I was glad to see so many like-minded GB users with a story to tell, and it made me feel good to know that I'm really not alone.

I've been on my new dosage of medication for over a week now, and I finally feel like it's making a difference. I feel stronger day by day, I feel like the old me is surfacing somehow and it feels good. Better, actually. I still have times when I feel low, but nothing like I did back in April. I have some more time off work, but I hope to be back after this time, and I can't wait to get back to my normal life.

Don't know what I'd have done without the support of my boyfriend and my mom during this time, and I love them both for it.

So yeah, things are starting to look up for me. Thanks to everyone from the thread for your support too, for the kind words and for telling me your story.

On another subject, I've been playing the hell out of Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy, and I got Pokemon Conquest on Friday (which I haven't touched yet, but I will be dedicating some time to it tomorrow). I hope we get some more DLC for Theatrhythm from FFX, I think we're meant to get either Contest of Aeons and Otherworld - both great songs - I'd just like some more songs to play!

I'm hoping Conquest is an awesome game too, I've been really looking forward to it and I've heard great things. I also managed to get my hands on a Nintendo 3DS XL yesterday at HMV and it is such an awkward console. I have really small hands anyway which didn't help, but it didn't feel good to hold. And the 3D? Not good for my dodgy eyes. My boyfriend had a go too - and even his spade-like hands apparently couldn't hold it properly.

I'll stick with my Zelda 3DS, thanks.

(Also, I'm bored of the Olympics already - thank god I don't live in London!)

Posted by falserelic

Glad to hear your feeling better.

Posted by TaliciaDragonsong

Good to hear, I really enjoyed the thread for as long as it lasted.
Hope things will only improve from now on!

Posted by MikeGosot

Don't worry, be happy.

Posted by xaLieNxGrEyx

My father had a mental breakdown and I haven't seen him in over a decade.

I can feel mine coming and I've actually grown to welcome it.

Posted by HatKing

Good to hear. Medication works best with therapy, but it sounds like that's the way you're going. Good on you. Be patient. Depending on how deep rooted the issues are this can be a long process. The meds will help in the interim, keeping you from the pits, while the therapy works on actually fixing the issues. Not talking out of my ass here, though I'm sure, as you're currently living this, you're aware. I'll shut up.

Anyway, I'm glad that you're on the right track. : )

Posted by Clairabel

@falserelic: Thanks :)

@TaliciaDragonsong: I hope so! Thank you for talking to me and being really cool :)

@MikeGosot: That was my late dad's most hated song - there's a story behind it, basically it was a time where everything had gone to shit and that song came on the radio and he went into a mini-rage. Always makes me smile!

Posted by Dagbiker

@Clairabel: Good. Part of life is forgetting all the negative, and remembering all the positive. Just forget about the people in the other thread.

PS: If you ever find out how to do this, let me know how.

Posted by Clairabel

@HatKing: Oh no, you're totally right. I'm waiting on an appointment, because I want to be able to cope with my depression after I'm off the meds - it's the best way to go really. Thank you!

Posted by MikeGosot
@Clairabel: Oh, holy shit, i'm sorry. I just wish happiness for you. D:
Posted by Slag

right on!

Glad to hear there's progress for you!