i posted this subject b/c i have been lead to believe that many people suffer from mental illness of some kind. as well, they must take medications for their illness(s). i admit that it might be a controversial subject that not everyone will feel comfortable about, whether they have mental illness or do not. my inquiry is more about how mental illness and their appropriate medications interfere in some way w/ caring for their D.
there are (too) many people on this site who have suffered through chemo, thyroid disorders, lupus, and other autoimmune diseases. it is gravely unfortunate, yet they come to this forum to discuss what they are going through w/ their treatment and try and find comfort and, hopefully, solutions (suggestions as well). here, in this forum, people have the opportunity to live the healthiest, most close to “normal” life w/ the big D, while concurrently dealing w/ other of life’s problems.
why should discussing mental illness be any different? i am just putting this “out there.” perhaps it does not apply to you. cancer does not apply to me, but that does not preclude me from having compassion (and a curiosity of helpfulness and hope) for others who concurrently cope w/ a multitude of things.
i recently read on this site about how to prepare for a colonoscope, PMS, menopause, taking steroid treatments (like prednisone). few of which i share, yet, reading about these posts and helpful suggestions brought me tremendous hope and a sincere respect for the courage others w/ D go through. i have learned enormously about a multitude of coping mechanisms.
and perhaps for that and that reason alone, i posted about coping w/ mental illnesses.
i did not by any means intend on offending you or anyone else on this site. but, several TuD members have already responded to my post and directed me to other, more specific sites on line. this is very helpful to me; i no longer have to live alone and potentially in the dark.
for that, i am grateful.
PS: this does not, in ANY measure, mean to suggest that people w/ mental illnesses should not be seen, dx or treated by a professional MD. i whole heartedly support appropriate diagnostic treatment for those who need it.
I hope that this explains/ helps you to understand my query.