Therapy Thursday 11.29.18

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Thin vs. Stable

We live in a society today where “thin” is beautiful and the words mental illness are filled with all sorts of stigma.  There are people who are considered “thin” and also mentally stable.  They’re lucky, I suppose.  People don’t realize this, but 1 in 4 adults lives with a mental illness, and that is just based on the number of people who actually seek help.  And another thing most people don’t realize is that most psychiatric medications (especially the newer anti-psychotics) are prone to cause weight gain.

So what is it?  Thin or stable?  Accepted by society by the way you look, but looked down upon when you show any signs of mental illness?  Or looked down upon for the way you look,  but commended for how reliable and stable you are?  The pressures of society push at you from both sides and you have to decide which side will win.

It’s easy for those of us with a mental illness to say “I want to be stable” because when we’re not, living is some sort of hell.  But then, we start taking our meds to become that stable person and our bodies start to change.  People start to notice as we put on weight.  We have to go buy new clothes because our old ones don’t fit, and our self-esteem plummets.  We work out and watch what we eat, but nothing seems to work.  What was that thing about wanting to be stable, you wonder?

So we start chipping away at our medication, hoping something will get us back to “looking good” until we realize that the stability we had is slipping away.  So we try to catch ourselves and try to get it back, but that comes with the weight gain again.

So what would you do?  Me?  I’ve done both.  And stability far outweighs society’s need to be “thin.”  And, remember, thin doesn’t always mean healthy either.

About I.V.

37 year old woman with Schizoaffective, Bipolar 1 type. I'm also intelligent, mostly positive, fandom junkie. Oh, and I have two cats: Zim and Gir... they're 12. So... fandom junkie? Ah, yes. Supernatural, Merlin, Buffy tvs, Angel the series, LOTR, Harry Potter, old x-files. I also like anime and and Manga. farvorite anime? Vampire Knight... and it cannot be dubbed! I also like plenty of others, I think of Elfin Leid when I say that... oh, and Blood+. Favorite Manga? Junjou Romantica, Vampire Knight, Loveless, Gravitation. I like the anime for these as well if they have it. Books: Dune, HP, LOTR, The Hunger Games, Wicked, the Southern Vampire Series, Snow Crash, American Gods, Pride and Prejudice, comics. Movies: The Boondock Saints, LOTR, HP series, Girl Interupted, SLC Punk, Walk Hard: the Dewie Cox Story, House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects, Foxfire, Empire Records, Star Wars (only episodes 4-6), Iron Man (both of them), Thor (1&2), The Avengers Video Games: Dragon Age 1,2 and Inquisition, Kingdoms of Amalur, Little Big Planet, Star Ocean. I also love watching other people play Mass Effect, Dead Space and all the above mentioned games Oh, and I love Sushi :)
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