Did your family ever turn on you because they thought you were lazy and taking advantage of them, not understanding it was the illness that was causing your behavior?

Did your family ever turn on you because they thought you were lazy and taking advantage of them, not understanding it was the illness that was causing your behavior?
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Most definitely my family has turned on me!!! When I am in one of my depressed moods, all I do is lie in bed, as much as I possibly can… Certain people in my family (not going to name names!!!) believe that I should be up and doing things and that I’m just a “bum” Which, I probably should be up and doing things, because that’s the healthy way of dealing, but who’s always healthy??? Sometimes I’ll bring it up when they spend a lot of time in bed, but that’s not nearly as much as me!!! They don’t realize that the reason I’m spending all day in bed is because I don’t have the energy or will power to get up… It’s not that I like being confined to bed, so to speak…

Also, when I call off work because I am too anxious to go in, they believe that I just don’t want to work, or don’t want the job… That’s not the truth!!! I just can’t always force myself to get past the anxiety and go to work (or even leave the house!!!) And, yes, I have gone through a lot of jobs because I keep quitting, but it always comes to the point that I can’t force myself to do the job any longer, and I need a break… I really don’t like having to learn how to do so many different jobs and meet so many different people so often… That’s just the way my life is…

There are a few people in my family (pretty much the same ones as before) who think I take advantage of them… I’m too nervous/scared to get my license and a car, and to take public transportation… So I have to have people drive me around everywhere I go… The two people who drive me around most always grumble about it and, usually, would rather not do it (which I completely understand!!!) They don’t understand my fears, and they are constantly harping on me to start taking the bus… I just can’t force myself to!!! Maybe someday… (Just so you know, I do help pay for gas!!!)

There are plenty of other examples I could give you… I could write a book about the ways my family believes these things (ok, so maybe not a whole book, but definitely an essay!!!)

God bless!!!

One thought on “Did your family ever turn on you because they thought you were lazy and taking advantage of them, not understanding it was the illness that was causing your behavior?

  1. My family has been relatively supportive, though there are times that things get rough since we all seem to have our own issues. Sometimes I think we should have our own group for therapy with a trained professional. Or a standing prescription for tranquilizers…

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