I am replying to the young person who posted “When no one else understands”. And I am talking to those that need to hear this.
I realize that I am a little late in replying.
I have found some people that do understand.
I have schizoaffective disorder. I started having serious problems when I was 7 years old. I am now 56. I am on a very good medication, but I still have issues.
I know a number of intelligent, well mannered people who have serious problems of their own. A woman in her mid 60’s with terrible restless leg syndrome. Other people who love family members that are gay. Some gay men. A man whose nephew has a serious mental disorder (Schizophrenia, I think.) And my wife, who has a moderate case of OCD, Fibromyalgia, and lower back problems.
The key factors in these, my friends, being able to accept other peoples problems seem to be intelligence, humanity and humility, empathy, and living with difficult issues. And determination. And a realization that these issues MUST be dealt with. And that you have to deal with them. And most of all, THESE PEOPLE CARE!
The people you refer to have no experience with serious difficulties. Please don’t expect them to understand. They have no insight into your world.
As far as I can tell, NAMI could be a huge resource for you. I have no experience communicating with them.(This is my first post.) I do receive their emails.I have read of people out there who are dealing with the same crap you are. Some of them are at your level, some have made more progress, and some who are doing very well. They all seem to be AWARE, and THEY CARE!
Also, if you are not on medication, find a good psychiatrist and GET ON SOME! It may take a while to find what you need and how much. Good medication is a key part of getting yourself out of your hole, as is good professional help.
Please try to find some people, perhaps through NAMI, that you CAN communicate with. Serious mental disease tends to isolate those that suffer it. That is a terrible part of the suffering. Remember, you are never, ever alone!