I'm struggling to feel seen and heard by my family. My parents have never believed that I have depression and have told me "compared to *my* sister, I don't have any problems." My entire life, I have been seen as "perfect" and "fully capable" by my older sister and parents. My sister is completely coddled and when I ask for help, my answer is always, "you'll figure it out, you don't really need help" I've had two major panic attacks in two weeks and no one from my family has once asked how I'm feeling or what they can do to help. I feel like I can no longer turn to mu family for any sort of relief. I'm in a bad place mentally right now and I don't know what to do.
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I have the same exact problem with my parents they think im just lazy etc that generation Has a very bad outlook on anything to deal with mental health because back then when they were young you couldnt tell people anything about mental health you didn’t tell people you would go to therapy or anything like that it was always kept a secret i’m assuming your parents are around the same age as mine mine are in their 50s I actually have found a great therapist that I feel completely comfortable with and it’s good to have someone to talk to you have you tried reaching out to friends I find that friends are much more supportive most of the time than actual family members
my parents are close to their 70's, yes. But they acknowledge my sister's health and completely coddle her every time she calls and complains about anything. I have a therapist that I love and she's so great at helping me change my self perspective and just listening to me. My friends are great, but I don't know of any of my friends that struggle similarly to me and that's hard. I definitely feel like a burden.
I am sorry you are going through this. Public awareness on mental health is seriously lacking. People just don’t understand unless they have experienced it themselves. The best we can do is try and educate those we love and describe how we feel. I have long Covid and my symptoms are so rare my doctors didn’t believe me for months. Even after going to the Emergency Room Daily and weekly in the beginning. I just had to keep asking for help and kept repeating my symptoms over and over again to what felt like hundreds of doctors. I now feel seen these last few weeks. I finally got to see the covid specialists and even though they do not have answers for me. They are on my side. I have struggled with depression my whole life. It’s a real physical condition that we cannot control. Hopefully one day people will all understand that.
thank you. It is hard to feel like I've tried to put myself out there and yet, not be taken seriously. I'm sorry you went through all that as well.
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