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MusicaMosby

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Anyone else find out super late in the game that thier mental health had a genetic component? I was diagnosed with depression and GAD super young. In all my time as a kid, I never remember it being talked about that there was a family history. As I got older and could answer assessment questions for myself, I never reported that history because I didn't know. I had doctors ask me if I experienced trauma because that's how intense my symptoms were. I was talking to my mom about my grandparents recently and she just casually drops that my grandma did a two month stay in an pysch ward for depression about 50 years ago. I was really taken aback. Yay for good Christian families not taking about mental health 🤷🏻‍♀️

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    • MusicaMosby

      781d

      Does Roman Catholic make it sound better? And I'm glad that "you" Christians talk about those things, but it was not that way for me growing up. I was literally told not to talk about therapy with my extended family and when I did the response was "go to church and pray more". There is a lot of stigma about mental health in religious communities, especially in conservative ones. My experience with mental health and religion is clearly not the same as youra

    • Roman00

      780d

      I was diagnosed with schizophrenia when I was 17 thought I was the only one in my family but when I turned 20 my grandmother told me it ran in my grandfather side of the family and he heard voices to I wish he was still alive so I could talk to him about it

    • MusicaMosby

      780d

      So are you. I'm sure you could find just as many people who were denied their mental health because of their religion. I'm not saying all Christians, I'm not saying just Christianity does this. But you don't get to sit on the other side of your screen and tell me what I know affected me and other people in a negative way. I'm happy that religion has been a positive experience for you, but that is not always the case.

    • AllyUnicorn

      780d

      My family (also Christian) was always very open about mental health struggles in the family. I have two cousins and a second cousin who have bipolar disorder. I was diagnosed schizoaffective in 2016 and have been very open with my family about my mental health struggles and they've all been very supportive. So I guess my answer is I didn't find out late, I knew from a young age that mental health struggles could potentially be in my future based on family history even before I got my own diagnosis.

    • MusicaMosby

      781d

      Does Roman Catholic make it sound better? And I'm glad that "you" Christians talk about those things, but it was not that way for me growing up. I was literally told not to talk about therapy with my extended family and when I did the response was "go to church and pray more". There is a lot of stigma about mental health in religious communities, especially in conservative ones. My experience with mental health and religion is clearly not the same as youra

      • Unknow

        780d

        @MusicaMosby most people can't tell the difference between what is normal, what is a mental illness, or somebody is possessed. Someone told me a lady seem to be possessed and I asked why do you say that and then when they told me, I said she's probably bipolar and I went to that person's door and knocked on it and that's what the son had said that she is but it also didn't help that she was still mourning the loss of her son that was shot several years before and to her it was like as if it was yesterday

    • Unknow

      783d

      My husband has bipolar one and after realizing what different symptoms are then I feel that his five siblings sisters all have it too but his two brothers do not but they have other issues. But only my husband and one sibling has properly been diagnosed as having bipolar. People do not like to be honest with themselves and try to understand why their lives are the way they are. But then they criticize others if they try to get help and fix some of the problems they do have. My husband claimed that his dad knew eight languages but after 32 years of being married to my husband I realized that maybe his dad was also bipolar because of other things he had said about him

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