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What is the outlook for people with mental illness?

Can mental illness be prevented? I have Bipolar II Ultra Rapid-cycling, Borderline Personality Disorder for over 25yrs now. Just looking for your thoughts! Thanks tons and bunchs!
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well i have heard of people having seasons of it and it may go away forever or not. well i'm in a pentecostal church and god said i will get healed, not sure when though. strange cause i have been sick for about 11-13 years.
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Date: Tue-May-20-
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My husband has BiPolar type 2 and actually with both types your risk of suicide is much higher without getting treatment. My husband suffered almost all his life until abotu the age of 35 when they diagnosed him. He is now on the right meds and he said he doesn't feel like hanging himself all the time which is good. Now mind you meds are not an exact science, but they can get you something that can help. Expecially to calm down the rapid cycling. Also with the personality disorder. If you continue without seeking treatment I say your outlook is not good and will eventually overcome you.
[d] By: Guest
Date: Tue-May-20-
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have PTSD and Borderline Personality Dirorder from sexual abuse and aggression and OCD,

and its only been three months since my dignoses and things are better as my life had bizare events before :(

my medication is okay i'm on 20mg of zyprexa and effxor xr 225mg and since its been three months and my shrink and social worker i see each week and shrink monthly it seems quiet positive i hope in the end things are good.

[d] By: Guest
Date: Tue-May-20-
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I think depending on what the mental illness is how the outcome would be. Also if your diagnosed properly. The meds are trial and error. Then once you find something that works you must stay one them even if you feel like you don't need them anymore. You also must be able to handle side effects. We all know they can be almost as bad as the reason were taking the meds in the first place. Then you must have good support because without it no med in the world will bring you back. As support I mean Doctors, Therapist, family, friends and people you work with(if your able to work). These people must try and educate them selves if they are not already, in order to be there for you and not get so frustrated when something happens. Then you must decide who knows about your illness and who should never know.

I have not been dx as of yet. That's what I'm working on now.

I have been told by one doctor that I have psychosis, auditory hallucinations, depression and the start of an eating disorder.

But no proper dx yet. Also I'm 46 years old and the voices started 4 years ago. I have tried to kill myself more then once. So the things that I stated above are just a few of the things that I have realized without them I will not get back on my feet and become a person that society reconizes as "normal person". I also believe with out the support of people who have these mental illnesses and the people just starting out have no chance. The more of them that get into the Mental Health Field the better chance we all have. It's like someone who is a recovered drug addict goes into the field of helping others get of drugs, they know what is was like and how hard it was. Instead of someone just looking in and trying to help. Don't get me wrong, education plays a huge roll. We must also educate ourselves and not be afraid to stand up and tell a doctor what we feel. As for the prevention, maybe in a perfect world.

Take care and don't give up!

[d] By: Guest
Date: Tue-May-20-
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i dont think mental illness can be prevented for most people except if its been caused by drug abuse. i feel my future looks bleak for me at the moment. i dont think my condition will ever improve, sorry for the sad outlook.
[d] By: Guest
Date: Tue-May-20-
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I think mental illness can be improved if you start to look at alternative therapies that deal with the EMOTIONAL trauma that caused the illness in the first place, sadly those who are of the intellectual psychological type tend to be unconcious on the emotional level, the level where healing is needed.I think if conventional medicine is relied on exclusively the outlook is not good. I also think that SELF HELP GROUPS are the way to go. I would envisage each group having a book where they write down what they feel has helped them.

As far as society goes , yes education is important, but it seems not to be as important as dealing with the fear of mental illness and people need to be helped to have courage to overcome their fear. Emotionally, people sometimes want to stamp on the person with the illness rather than the illness itself because of the fear.

I also feel effort should be put into changing life circumstances so that as much as possible wants and needs are met I think mental illness is much more likely when they are not.

I think this is really important, people with these types of illnesses are easy scapegoats in times of economic hardship and instability, if you read a bit of history it can get scary. I think its important for people to fight for their rights, if they feel up to it, to be recognised as fully human in law - ie the right to refuse treatment. Forced treatment causes so much harm. It's like going to a doctor with a broken leg and having them jump up and down on it. I'm sure a large proportion of suicides and violent incidents are due to trauma caused by forced treatment. If the law changes to benefit the rights of mentally ill people, stigma will also lessen.

People need to explore avenues for cures themselves -ultimately Big Pharma have no interest in cures, their profits lie in people with mental illness being permanently, chronically ill, on medication for the rest of their lives. But don't give up, if people search for themselves cures will be found. ( don't forget diet! - organic, fatty acids, molasses for Vitamin B and cutting out refined sugar)

Edit: I did not tell you to come off your meds , just to be aware and not rely on them exclusively - the chemical imbalance in the brain is caused by traumatised emotions not the other way around - homones and emotions affect the chemical balance of the brain so its therefore possible that you CAN affect your chemical imbalance by dealing with past trauma - we should approach the cause, aswell as the symptoms. but thats not to say there isn't a chemical imbalance which is why I reccommended diet - there has been shown to be a relation to diet and mental illness. Going to groups won't cure your illness it's true, but it's a way of getting support without the harm and degredation when so called professionals are involved - and support is also an important part of managing mental illness and also communication about what people have found to be helpful so don't knock it. Not everyone has friends or family who are supportive. By the way I did not mention self help books - I said self help groups.

What do you mean by "suck it up" Is it that you find that people are in denial that you have a mental illness problem?

[d] By: Guest
Date: Tue-May-20-
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hopefully not too good. Maybe forced euthanization?
[d] By: Guest
Date: Tue-May-20-
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