For those suffering from a mental health condition, everyday life can feel like it’s as demanding as much out of you as a head of state. The storm that we call mental fog rolls in, slowing one’s ability to think and the ability to perform slows down to a crawl. I’m usually spent before noon. This exhaustion can impact motor coordination and as a result, it can cause one to fumble and struggle with even the simplest of tasks.
For those on the outside looking in, it can appear as though those with mental illness are clumsy and natural underperformers. Sadly, at least in my experience, we can be the brunt of many jokes and sometimes, verbal hostility. I admit, our partners and other loved ones must find this very frustrating living with one who mentally stumbles often…. Trust me, I understand that frustration.
I don’t know what your experience is like when mental fog dominates your mental faculties, but I end up getting just as frustrated as the people around me, its a tough go, trying to figure out where you left your keys or trying to repair something, only to lose track of what the steps are to complete the task. these things frustrate the shit out of me. They also require more energy out of me.
This rapid burnout is yet another battle for the mental health community because it’s a very common symptom the mentally well-minded simply can not see. With all the symptoms of mental disorders being that of neurological origin, I’m not sure you can get others to understand this illness to a degree that would lend itself to the level of that it understanding requires.
That being said, mental illness and its symptoms, whether you see them or not, are as real as the sun in our skies. It’s in our nature to make judgements based on what we are observing in any giving moment however, we all need to ask ourselves, “What Does what I am seeing actually mean?”
If you know someone with mental illness and you see them struggling, its because they are; they are struggling to keep pace with the rest of humanity. So please be kind, they have probably been made fun of because of they efforts to push themselves only to mess up the tasks they are doing, they are tired; tired from being sick, sedated by their medications and tired of the stigma of mental illness.
if you are suffering from PTSD or another mental illness, please reach out. I thank you for your service and you are still worthy and mean something. I believe in you!
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