WATCHING PEOPLE GET BETTER

I feel like I’m stuck at “Hate Me” while others have been able to move on to “Fear” and make progress.

I’m still on that same floor I was on at 19, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33, 34, 36 years old begging for someone to make it all stop.

I stayed a little girl. There’s no emotional growth when you’re drinking at 16 to hide from something that scares you but you have NO IDEA what it is or how to explain it. It’s hard enough being a teenager who isn’t considered popular, pretty, or smart. What you become is target practice.

You were born into a family of “large boned” people or in some cases “morbidly obese”. There were a few stunning women and men but they were not without problems. If you do not believe Mental Illness or Addiction is hereditary I personally invite you to study my family.

I don’t remember what it feels like not to be anxious 24 hours a day. I didn’t stop bouncing my legs or shaking a foot while sitting until recently. I still do it just not as much.

When you start your life afraid of everything it’s paralyzing. My poor parents didn’t know what to do.

As I watched them argue with one another, knowing it was my fault, I tried my best to make them hate me and give up on me. My Mom understood more than my Dad because she had been hospitalized for Depression and 3 of siblings are mentally ill. Two of them are Paranoid Schizophrenics, so she was scared and didn’t want to lose me.

There came a point where I pushed her too far and it was my Dad who stopped her from kicking me out of the house and giving up. At that point I had no feelings, no self respect or dignity left. I felt like I would never be good enough and I didn’t deserve anything good in my life. I sabotaged myself.

As my drinking became worse so did my behavior. I didn’t care who I slept with and would start fights over the smallest things. Years of saying and doing nothing while being spit on and having elephant noises made at me had taken a toll. It started to boil and come spewing out at everyone.

The older alcoholic men I drank with took bets on how much longer I’d be alive. I came close more times than I like to remember.

When I watch someone like Justin Furstenfeld who I could relate to on many levels, change his entire life, behaviors, and outlook, it makes me feel frustrated and confused.

Am I afraid to be happy? Am I not trying hard enough? Do I have to believe in God? Are medications the wrong answer?

I want to leave the house, I want to do things, I want to be happy and at peace.

I don’t know how people do it. My brain keeps screaming NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!

And then of course I get bitchy because Mr. Furstenfeld has mentioned “God” and “Heaven” many times when it comes to his happiness. I have such a hard time with religion. I also suspect he might not be taking medications anymore. He doesn’t talk as much about his mental health as he does his addiction.

There is a documentary coming out where he mentions having “Extreme highs and lows” and being in a mental health facility. He was put on medication at the age of 14. I believe he’s Bipolar but I’m not sure it was confirmed and that’s his personal business. EXCEPT when you do Public Service Announcements about Depression and Suicide and you’re not being honest. If you have fans that are mentally ill and they think they can just pray away their illness we have a problem. I’m probably exaggerating.

I’m down lately and yesterday my Dad tried to hit me. Not what you want to do to someone who is now afraid of aggressive men even if it is my Dad. It didn’t go well at all.

Instead of crying and shaking something else took over.

RAGE

All I could think was “I’ll be damned if I ever let anyone physically hurt me again.” I calmly said “If you come near me I will leave for good. You will never see me again and I won’t tell you where I am.” It must have been the way I said it because he stopped and left the room.

When I mentioned it to him later in the day he denied ever doing such a thing. He then called me a liar and said I was making it up. I think I’m going to get Nanny cams to prove to him how angry and violent he’s been the last year.

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About darie73

I have lived with Bipolar Disorder since my early teens. I have lived with Social Anxiety Disorder for even longer. I self-medicated with alcohol for over 20 years, that's how long it took to get a diagnosis. I'm open and honest about my mental health so hopefully one day the system will change. View all posts by darie73

4 responses to “WATCHING PEOPLE GET BETTER

  • ToadieOdie

    I think it was my sister, Piggy, that talked to me about his mental illness and that of his brother. She had gotten to meet him in person. If I remember correctly, one of them has Schizophrenia but I don’t remember which. I didn’t have addiction to deal with, but his music still resonates with me on a strong level. There is one song where it’s about having an argument with a tree. Bipolar and Schizophrenia are related on a genetic level and it’s common enough to have both that it has it’s own diagnosis: schizo-affective disorder. I guess what I’m trying to say is, if it hadn’t been for my sister telling me about his addiction issues, I would have continued to assume his music was mostly about mental health. Then again, so many of us diagnosed with any of these three often do self-medicate so I guess that’s why the emotions the lyrics convey resonate the way they do.

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    • darie73

      When I first heard the song “Hate Me” I couldn’t move. I was watching the video, crying like I had never had before. Someone was telling a story so close to mine that I couldn’t believe it. My Mom held my face in her hands and actually said “How could you do this to me?”. She would often hold me when I lost control and couldn’t stop crying. I saved the message on her phone for a year after she died so I could call and listen to her voice. Justin Furstenfeld seems happy and at peace and that’s great. I just feel left behind maybe. I have always had a hard time with religion and that’s what he prefers as a way to “recover” but I’ve seen live interviews where he’s manic and obsessive about his weight. He doesn’t mention medications only that he chose not to be a “victim” anymore. With as many followers as the group has I wonder if it might be better not to discuss it all. Some people are easily influenced. When Pete Wentz went on a rant about not taking meds for Bipolar a lot of his fans with mental health issues followed along. It’s a tricky situation. Schizo-Affective Disorder is extremely difficult to deal with. My Doctor is still monitoring me because Schizophrenia is very high in my family. 1 Aunt, 1 Uncle, and 2 Cousins all on my mom’s side.

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    • ToadieOdie

      “Black Orchid” and I forget the title of the song where he sings about finding his ex with another man hit me hard. Actually, quite a few hit me that way, but those are the first two that come to mind.

      I agree that it’s a public risk when celebrities declare non-compliance with meds. I believe this is the reason in the movie “Beautiful Mind” (about a physist with Schizophrenia that won a Nobel Peace Prize) they altered the facts in that he stayed on his meds when in truth the meds rendered him incapable of computation of the complex math he needed. I read that it bothered him that this truth was covered up, but he understood why. Not many people with Schizophrenia can find functionality without meds. However, I understand why he would have preferred honesty in the telling of his story – maybe even include whatever price he paid for going off the meds.

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    • ToadieOdie

      As far as feeling left behind, I understand the frustration you feel. Unfortunately we all grow, develop, and heal at our own pace. It’s too tempting of a trap to compare our well-being to others and it only serves to bring us down. Sadly, knowing and saying this doesn’t make it easier. This is why it’s important to remain hopeful and to keep trying.

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