#071 – I Could Have It Worse

As bad off as I am and I don’t like making comparisons but there are some people doing it a lot harder than myself. The psychiatric ward is a good reminder of this. Over the years I have met so many people with different illnesses at different levels of severity. Most have mental health issues that are brought on by things that are circumstantial. Some patients are here because they suffer from chronic and constant pain which brings on major depression. Their quality of life must be hell. I’ve met a few people who were terminal too. There is a lady in here who has debilitating anxiety and panic attacks. I really feel for her because all she can do is walk around in the ward shaking, crying, sweating and unable to sleep. She is the nicest lady but she is so far gone. She put’s up with this all day every day. There is also a girl in her twenties with anorexia and she like me was in the ICU ward at the Melbourne Clinic. Then there is the morbidly obese woman who can hardly get on and off the couch.

Most of the patients are in here because they have a chemical imbalance in their brain. Depression is common but I think anxiety patients are up there too. You learn to read people rather quickly as to what their diagnosis is. Bipolar is another big one. There are always a high percentage of people going through bipolar. Schizophrenia is a little less common. Schizophrenics who take Clozapine are even rarer. Only one percent of the population suffer from this illness and only a fraction of the one percent take Clozapine. Do the math!

We all suffer in our own ways. It comes down to how you handle yourself. Medication can only get you so far. My life is peachy compared to some people. I should be thankful.

Published by aperfecttool83

I'm a 37 year old who lives in Melbourne Australia. I have many interests but I want to base this blog on my mental health. I have schizophrenia, depression & anxiety. I have 15 years experience with psychiatrists and I have had close to 20 hospital admissions. I plan on writing about my delusions, voices, paranoia, depression and how to deal with them psychiatrists :) I really hope this blog can help someone. Please feel free to contact me and I promise to get back to you. Have a nice day!

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