3 thoughts on “And No One Understands

  • February 25, 2018 at 3:37 am

    Elaina, to say that must be scary is, I’m sure putting it mildly! I have suffered with major depression but fortunately have never had hallucinations.
    I once worked for a mental health agency and in my position as a respite care worker, I often had clients at the respite house who had hallucinations. This was during a time when one didn’t need a college degree to do that job. I am told I had pretty good instincts but I remember early on in that job, kindly and gently trying to tell a client what he was seeing wasn’t real! I was ignorant back then until during a discussion in staff meeting I learned that for the person going through it, it is VERY real!
    You explained that wonderfully. Do you find it can be different for everyone in terms of what works best and how to best help someone experiencing hallucinations? For instance, you know at least on some level that you don’t have ants in your shower and it can be helpful to be gently reassured of that. For others, telling them something isn’t real is definitely NOT appreciated and reassurance does little to help. Do these hallucinations last long for you or does it vary?
    Take care!

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  • February 25, 2018 at 4:44 am

    I wish you a lot of strength en support facing the horrors in jour life. And I wish that the tiny sain voice in jour head is geting bigger and bigger and stronger with each fight with jour monsters. I wish jou wel..

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  • March 9, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    Hi Elaina,

    Thank you so much for your clarifying description of your experiences. It really helped me to understand as someone with mental illness but without psychosis. I work as a peer so you helped my ability to work with others who experience similar things.

    Thanks also for all your other articles. As someone else with bipolar disorder, it helps to have someone talk so easily and openly about the impact of our illness.

    I wish you continued success and improving health. Take care!

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