I’m going to be very honest here, about my own beliefs, and experiences, with mental illness. Some of this may be very shocking and I’m just warning you now I’m not going to hold back. I’m hoping that my story can influence or inspire others in similar circumstances. Even if I help one person I’ll be happy. And if I help no one, well at least I’m getting this out of my system.
Just be aware I do not have a PhD or have done any courses in psychology. Most of my knowledge is outside of the institutions. But that doesn’t make it any less valid.
I have five mental illness diagnoses with a disorder I’m hoping to be diagnosed with in the near future. I’ll just get it out of the way with early. Depression. Generalised Anxiety Disorder. Social Anxiety Disorder. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. And Bipolar Disorder. And I’m hoping to find out whether I have autism/aspergers. I’d be on the high functioning side of the spectrum if so.
Why am I telling you all this? Without medication, all on my own, although it did take a while, I have cured my depression, generalised anxiety, my social anxiety has less of a hold of me now, same as my OCD, and at the current moment I’m working on my bipolar. I have no intention of curing my autism. Whatever the answer, diagnosed or not, it is part of who I am and I am proud of that. If this turns you off and you think what I’m about to say doesn’t relate to you, then turn back, what you do is completely up to you. But I’m hoping my theories/beliefs can change the way the world sees mental illness. Because when you think about it it actually makes sense.
Please read on and I will explain my very unorthodox beliefs. Or at least I see them as unorthodox as not many people see them this way.