11. Do you find it difficult to talk to me about your mental health, and if so why?
I chose to be open about my mental health when I started this blog four years ago. I learned here to share about my life long battle with PTSD. I find it difficult to talk about PTSD with anyone that is showing signs of disbelief or disapproval of my behavior. I read body language very well. I need encouragement from anyone to continue. The reason is not all my children or everyone I meet feels comfortable talking about my mental illness. My first counselor cautioned me to stay quiet about counseling. I didn't understand why until a couple of friendships ended because of my talking about counseling. They didn't want to hear about it and considered me a not safe person. Unfortunately, mental illness is not acceptable to some people. I learned to be sensitive to their needs. I won't deny my truth but I don't always share it. I don't believe it is a taboo subject, but I do believe that the other person has the right to decide how much they want to know. I guess that is why I like blogging. Those that are interested keep reading. Those that are not, can go some place else on the internet. PTSD does effect my relationships but doesn't define who I am.
|Sometimes when protecting myself I feel locked inside my armor.|