I actually do the opposite. I tell people pretty quickly, so i can judge their reaction. If they freak out and think im 'mental' i feel that is their problem, not mine and i move on. I dont like the stigma surrounding AP and so i do my best to show people who come into my life that we are not freaks and that we can lead socially 'normal' lives. im out to prove the doubters wrong. im very upfront about my condition, im not ashamed of it and i want to educate people so they arent naive and ignorant like the friend that made that hurtful comment to you. All my friends and family know, and the majority of my colleagues know also.
Good on you for talking it out. Im sorry that your friend was so narrow minded.
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Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, CFS, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Sinusitis, TMJ disorder, Endometriosis, PCOS, Chronic E.N.T and Upper respiratory tract infections, Reactive Arthritis, IBS, Anemia, Chemical/Noise/Light sensitivity, Trichotilomania, Seasonal Mood Disorder, OCD, Benign Vertigo, Impaired immune system. Tachycardia,
Low clotting factor= bruising. Tendonitis, Bursitis. Meds: Zoloft 150mg. Xanax 4mg. Celebrex. Mobic. Panadeine Forte. Digesic. Nexium. Codeine Phosphate. Phenergan. Multiple surgeries- I bear the scars of my poor physical health.
Age:29. AP first DX @ 10. Fibro etc DX @14. Proud Aussie.