A lot depends on just what “type” of mental illness you have.
Depression – sucks
Anxiety/panic attacks – blows
Schizophrenia – really sucks
Phobias – can be variable (and silly)
Bi-Polar – can be up and down
Not a definitive list and yes, I’m obviously taking the piss.
However, look at how much of our great talent are mentally ill yet entertain us (to our delight) every day? Without madness our world would be a much duller place. Humour and comedy would be almost non-existent. Tech and modern-day “conveniences” wouldn’t exist. Seriously, do you really think all the great inventors and geniuses are people you let babysit your dog? Do you think Cillit Bang came from a sane mans mind? Apple gave us gravity and the iPhone! – is that not mental? I have a delight called EUPD (Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder) – here’s an excerpt from a paper descibing it…
- To be diagnosed with BPD / EUPD, a person must show an enduring pattern of behaviour that includes at least 5 of the following:
- Patterns of intense and stormy relationships with family, friends, and loved ones, often veering from extreme closeness and love (idealisation) to intense dislike or anger (devaluation).
- Inappropriate, intense anger or problems in controlling anger [those around often describe a feeling of ‘walking on eggshells’ when present].
- Recurring suicidal behaviours or threats of suicide, or engage in bouts of deliberate self-harm such as cutting or impulsive overdoses.
- Intense and highly changeable moods, with each episode lasting from a few hours to a few days [This can mimic intense depression or a bipolar disorder and misdiagnosis is common].
- Extreme reactions including panic, depression, rage, or frantic actions to avoid abandonment by others, whether real or perceived.
- Distorted and unstable self-image or sense of self, which can result in sudden changes in feelings, opinions, values, or plans and goals for the future [‘I don’t know who I am’].
- Longstanding feelings of emptiness and/or boredom.
- Having paranoid thoughts or feeling cut off from oneself, observing oneself from outside the body, or losing touch with reality [open to misdiagnosis of schizophrenia in some instances] when under stress.
- Impulsive and often dangerous behaviours, such as spending sprees, unsafe sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, and binge eating.
WOW EH? – Yet I’m still a delight to be around!…. Pffftttt… I hear in the background. More to follow peeps….