4 thoughts on “Showering is a Big Deal When You Have Mental Illness

  • May 1, 2018 at 6:06 am

    And after all this time, I was still convinced I was the only one who found it difficult to shower! Thank you, Anjali, for reminding me…we are never alone!

  • May 2, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    I definitely can relate to this. I have MDD with anxiety. Like you wrote, warm water does feel good. But there’s an aversion that I can’t describe yet which interferes with bathing.

  • June 19, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    I am another one that finds showering hard, so bad that, for a time, I would actually dissociate in the shower and lose time, up to 2 hours. And, as you say, it is not that warm water coursing over me is unpleasant.
    I too have a small dog who helps to keep me going. Dogs (even any pet) are a great comfort.

    • June 19, 2018 at 7:15 pm

      Hi Christine, thank you for sharing. Yes, I find this to be a real and salient issue in living with depression. I’m so glad you have a dog who keeps you going. A pet’s love and presence are invaluable!


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