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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 1/15/2009 4:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Morning family! yes for many of you it is still thursday- but not for long! Todays question is:
"Since you have had AP, (or similar mood disorder) have people (family, friends, colleagues etc) treated you any differently?"
I would have to say that my family have become sensitive to my needs as they witnessed me crumble at age 10, then total nervous breakdown at 14. they are supportive, but they certainly dont walk on egg shells! My friends are awesome and are so understanding and caring- many of them ask questions about AP and again, make an effort to not make me ditch my comfort zone etc- again, they are sensitive to my needs. My colleagues are the best- they didnt believe me when i told them what i have! they know im physically, chronically ill because they SEE it, but they really didnt believe me about the 'mental' stuff cos as they saw it i am a 'very together person!' if only they knew!!! LOL rolleyes
The only person/people who have treated me poorly after finding out about my AP are sadly medical health professionals- doctors, nurses, my first pyschiatrist treated me like rubbish. not ALL of them- a minority. most do a great job and are supportive.
How about you?
Maz XX
            'He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.' (Psalm 147:3)                  
Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, CFS, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Sinusitis, TMJ disorder, Endometriosis, PCOS, Chronic E.N.T and Upper respiratory tract infections, Reactive Arthritis, GERD,  IBS, Glandular fever, Migraines, Anemia, Chemical/Noise/Light sensitivity, Trichotilomania, PTSD, Seasonal Mood  Disorder, OCD, Benign Vertigo,  Impaired immune system. Tachycardia, tinnitus, low clotting factor= bruising. Tendonitis, Bursitis.
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Multiple surgeries- I bear the scars of my poor physical health.
Age:28. AP first DX @ 10. Fibro etc DX @14. Proud Aussie.

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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 1/15/2009 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Maz and goodmorning to you though it is still afternoon the day prior for me.  My family and friends have I think become more sensitive and compassionate to my needs and more tuned into ME since my diagnosis of anxiety a few years back.  They are much more attentive to my moods and now can tell when I am withdrawing and immediately begin the process of bringing me out so to speak.  Some friends I have lost contact with as they couldn't understand the "down" side of me and didn't know how to deal with it or didn't want to help me thru.  Times when you find out who your real friends are.
I also agree with you that the doctors do treat me differently and I have noticed a lot of times that true physical ailments are now being blamed on my anxiety when in fact it is NOT the anxiety at all.  You'd think the docs would know the difference huh.

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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 204
   Posted 1/15/2009 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Thats easy....YES! I am stamped insane and treated different in everyway. I get excused of every behaviour because in there eyes "I AM MENTAL!" gillxx


"Our greatest problems in life come not

so much from the situations we confront

as from our ability to handle them"


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   Posted 1/15/2009 10:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Team A/P!!! Good morning :)

Hi, Maz :) You always have such wonderful questions and are such an asset to this forum :)

I like you have a family that understands along with some great friends too that don't push me too far. I'm actually so pale and ill looking for such a long time that they are really concerned right now, but I blow it off and try to keep them positive so they don't worry about me. I totally agree about a lot of the medical professionals though. The ones around our country burg don't seem to care at all and can be quite crude with their comments at times. It can be really upsetting at times but what can we do except keep trying to find better care? IDK. . . Hopefully they will get more educated on this illness and start healing instead of hindering :)
Much Love, Hugs, Peace & Comfort . . . Your Bro . . . Sam :)
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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 1/15/2009 11:28 PM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning Maz and Happy Friday.............

Yes I have been treated differently but I have now realized a lot of it was my own fault as I was ashamed of having A & P and Depression and was convinced people had left me because of the disorder.  Now I realize I left them too.  I avoided them as I felt  different and like I was being treated differently.

I believe I have overcome a lot of that through hard work here and through therapy.  I can accept me for who I am and that is the first step.  I do not have to hide from the world.

I can still work and be useful even thow I am out in the open with my disorder.

So believe in yourself, it will take you far.

Hugs Kitt

Great questions Maz,  you do a super duper job my friend.


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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 1/16/2009 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   

I just noticed that saying of your grandmother's on your signature. I really like it.

hugs, Karen
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fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies

Veteran Member

Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 1097
   Posted 1/16/2009 11:28 AM (GMT -6)   
nobody treats me any different because of my a/p, but then again nobody really knows about it. i think my hubby suspects, but we've never talked about it openly.
love and hugs

this being human is a guest house.
every morning a new arrival-a joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awarenewss comes as an unexpected visitor.
welcome and entertain them all!
even if they're a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture,still, treat each guest honorably
he may be clearing you out for some new delight.

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