No Knights in Shining Armor

blahpolar:

Great topics, great writing. I really love this post, it says it all – and eloquently too. Here’s my favourite quote from it:

“Sometimes I wonder if it would be easier if mental illness made some sort of physical change that was easily recognizable. Maybe mania could cause your skin to turn bright red, and depression turn it blue. In reality I think that mental illness does have physical results, it’s just that no one sees them for what they are.”

Originally posted on The Storm Drain:

Living with bipolar disorder is exhausting.

There isn’t an easy way to explain that. The constant shifting and changing of emotions wears you down like a trickle of water forms a river. The changes are not immediately obvious, but they are real.

Sometimes I wonder if it would be easier if mental illness made some sort of physical change that was easily recognizable. Maybe mania could cause your skin to turn bright red, and depression turn it blue. In reality I think that mental illness does have physical results, it’s just that no one sees them for what they are. The decline in self-care for some, the drastic changes to appearance in others, the wild look in the eyes, or the haggard slump of depression; they are all there but they are easily ignored.

This means that when things are bad, you have to speak out and say that they…

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