Thursday, December 23, 2010
Good Morning, Armchair Doctors
I have a mental illness. This probably isn't shocking, but it gets a tad aggravated around this time of the year. I may isolate myself, eat a lot or very little, cry or overcompensate, or none of these. I could have some symptom not on the list as well, but the point is that through a combination of traumas, whacks on the head, and drugs I was put on as a kid, something just isn't right in my head. And that's just fine with me, I'm okay as a person, and most people are okay with me.
But when you say "I have a mental illness", everyone thinks they are an expert, that they have the cure to your affliction. The individual may say "go for a jog" or "try this herb" or "try this religion" or any other solution he or she has invented. Everybody has the cure to your disease and you should shut up and listen.
But in addition to a mental illness, I also have a heart valve defect. Said leaky valve causes me to become dizzy at times but generally doesn't bother me too much. I may eventually have to have it replaced, though.
Now which one of you is going to perform the open-heart surgery, since I know that you're all experts?
Posted by Michel-Exildas Galipeau at 10:26