Saturday, September 11, 2010

It's a Party and Only the Mentally Ill Can Attend

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I've talked about my mental illnesses before. Depression. OCD. Anxiety. Etc.

Earlier today one of my Facebook statuses read: "I wish that depression was funnier." And it totally wasn't a "come and pity me, I need hugs" kind of post. I genuinely wish that mental illness could be laughed at a lot more. Why? Because mental illness totally sucks and sometimes you just gotta laugh to keep from crying.

That's why I love bloggers who put their illness out there and say,
"I'm Here! I May Need Meds! Get Used To It!"

Alexis is one of those bloggers.

I imagine that one day I will go to a fancy blogging conference and will run into Alexis somewhere, and we will hug and jump up and down cause we're that excited, and then we'll go off in a corner and watch cartoons where the jokes are all about genitals.

It's called bonding.

Alexis is letting me guest post at her blog today, which is beyond frickin' awesome. It gives me tingles in places I'd rather use blog euphemisms for.

  • Her awesomeness tingles my feed.
  • Her hilarity inflates my html code.
  • Her friendship is like going to a blog where the music player doesn't start automatically - cause that crap pisses me off.
 I thought about writing this post in the style of Alexis . . . which would mean that i wouldn't use any capital letters and stuff . . .  but my OCD prevents me from doing that for more than one sentence. And speaking of OCD, that's what I'm talking about over there.

12 comments:

Mormon Mommy Blogs said...

We prefer to laugh UNTIL we cry.

Emily said...

It is Hilary. That's one of the problems with mental illness. Many people consider it to be outside the "norm" of medicine. They'll often attribute it to a character flaw. For these types of people, it's a matter of discipline, not a health problem, which makes them view mentally ill people as irresponsible or weak. Medical advances in the study of the brain are so far behind that it complicates the problem. You'll hear people say that a chemical imbalance is a myth, but a little research will show you there are indeed studies where scientists have been successful at creating objective tests to confirm a mental disorder. However, they are so expensive, it will be a long time before they enter mainstream medicine. For example, one test involves a spinal tap. You'd have to seriously sedate me to do that, and those things are done when you're awake! That's the scariest scene in that whole Exorcist movie if you ask me... Wait, did I mention I was long winded? ;-)

Hilary said...

I think when you talk like that, having depression becomes more like you saying, "I have strep" -- it's a normal thing that you work to fix. :)

Emily said...

It is Hilary. That's one of the problems with mental illness. Many people consider it to be outside the "norm" of medicine. They'll often attribute it to a character flaw. For these types of people, it's a matter of discipline, not a health problem, which makes them view mentally ill people as irresponsible or weak. Medical advances in the study of the brain are so far behind that it complicates the problem. You'll hear people say that a chemical imbalance is a myth, but a little research will show you there are indeed studies where scientists have been successful at creating objective tests to confirm a mental disorder. However, they are so expensive, it will be a long time before they enter mainstream medicine. For example, one test involves a spinal tap. You'd have to seriously sedate me to do that, and those things are done when you're awake! That's the scariest scene in that whole Exorcist movie if you ask me... Wait, did I mention I was long winded? ;-)

Emily said...

I have so many labels. I will admit something here, but please don't tell my psychiatrist or therapist. Technically, I have every anxiety disorder but OCD! Of course, I get asked questions like, do you have repetitive behaviors like compulsively washing your hands? I shake my head emphatically no. Nope, I don't do that. Of course, I conveniently forget to mention the fact that my kitchen cabinets and drawers are actually LABELED so that my family puts things away properly. I also had to redo some of the labels because my well-meaning husband added something new to them in his horrible handwriting, and it didn't look right to me anymore. I am not OCD.

Emily said...

Since I started blogging a few months ago, I've been so blessed by finding other people with some of the same struggles I have. It doesn't really matter if anybody reads what I write (though it'd sure be nice), I still have that measure of success. You guys so rock! I'm not so funny, more of a long-winded intellectual, but to me, people like Jia are a candle flame to my inner moth. Thanks for helping me to laugh every day.

misssrobin said...

I loved your posts, here and at Alexis'. It's so important to talk about these things. Others will feed off of our courage.

My husband has bad OCD. We've nearly divorced because of it several times. He's lost lots of jobs because of it. We've spent lots on therapy because of it.

The real trick is remembering that OCD is my enemy, not my husband.

But I'm no picnic either. Depression, PMDD, PTSD -- plenty to keep his life interesting as well.

And I'm totally with you. If I can't laugh about it (sometimes, not when it's too hard) then it wins. And we can't let that happen.

Sharon Cohen said...

So I seriously snorted (many times) laughing when I read this. I haven't linked over to your other post yet - I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed this one first. I'm also posting a link to image in this post. It cracks me up. Seriously. I am married to a disabled man with OCD. That poster could make him laugh, too, if he could read it! Too funny.

Lady Hill @ From Lazy to Lady said...

I agree with you. Mental illness sucks, and sometimes the only way to really cope with it is to be able to laugh at it. At the same time, I wish more people would take it seriously instead of laughing at me when I need to count something or put something in a specific order.

Spyswife said...

My OCD and my laziness are always at war with one another. I deal with it by eating a lot of cookies. Cookies are the Prozac of stay at home moms.
Of course, I'm on Prozac too so......

Kristina P. said...

Alexis is one of my most favorite people. I think that if the three of us ever got together, we would need to wear Juggies (Jean Huggies) to get through lunch.

Mormon Mommy Blogs said...

We prefer to laugh UNTIL we cry.

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