I find sometimes they simple can’t understand. Just like we will never understand what a completely “normal” brain feels like. Sometimes I get these really clear glimpses and I wonder how anyone can take a working brain for granted. But you can never really understand what you don’t know.
I have friends who have been very open with me and asked questions and I have others that won’t talk about it at all. I try to use everyday conversations for an opening and then I try not to be judgmental about their reactions. People don’t understand, so I like to throw some jokes in or make comments about what kind of day I am having. Being able to laugh often leads to better understanding.
The other thing I do is try to speak to people opposite of the way it is in my head. That probably sounds impossible and I still get frustrated. I recently told someone that for someone who is depressed or has some other mental illness that it’s literally like there isn’t any juice getting to the battery. The battery works and is in good condition and functions the way it’s supposed to but the part is supposed to use the juice to send the power doesn’t work right. It’s hard for people to understand why people can’t just “get over it” or “if you had more faith or self control”. We KNOW in our minds what we need to do but we can’t seem to make our mouths and emotions react in a healthy way to seemingly simple situations. As hard as it is I like to share these things with the people I am close to wether they ask or not. When a conversation comes up I take a deep breath try to explain and then move on and hope that maybe they will think about what I have said.
I hope you are able to keep sharing and keep trying to teach people. Stay positive and be blessed!!!!!