It’s week 2 of Beckie’s “Working On Us” mental health prompt series over at Beckie’s Mental Mess. If you’re interested in participating, hop on over to her page for the complete info.
🌻 Prompt #1
What do you find to be the most challenging for you when it comes to your mental illness? (You can give an example and also a means on to how to cope).
Sometimes it’s specific symptoms that are most challenging, but in the overall picture I think what’s been hardest is how much I’ve lost because of my depression. The losses include happiness, interest, enjoyment, and functional ability. This has been a change since earlier on in my illness, where I would have episodes of illness interspersed with periods of full remission.
🌻 Prompt #2
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I wear masks less often now than I used to. That’s partly because I just can’t be bothered. Also, I don’t have as much human interaction now, and I don’t particularly care what random people think.
I do wear a mask at work. That doesn’t feel as unnatural, though, because I have an entire Nurse Ashley role identity that I step into at work. It’s not that Nurse Ashley is a fake version of me, but it’s a persona that turns off certain elements of me, and that’s actually served me very well in maintaining a personal/professional separation.