Scope community team
Thank you for starting this thread and understanding how mental health affects people in so many different ways.
My story is, I have had two nervous break downs due to an abusive marriage. I finally left. I have not recovered from the last one. This is now more than 20 years ago.
I suffer from agoraphobia, social phobia and fragile personality disorder as diagnosed by my GP. However, I managed to get myself a job caring for my parents. I could not have done this for someone I did not know and my parents were aware of my condition. I was paid through the Direct Payments scheme, so a proper wage, tax, NI contributions. I managed this by leaving my house at 5.30am as there would be no one around. My 'coping mechanism' at the time.
In April 2016, I woke up one morning and my lower body had become numb. For want of a more subtle way of saying, I was unable to use the toilet either end and my legs are numb also.. This has not improved and I had a relapse April last year.
I was a physically strong person before this happened and it has had such a detrimental effect on my mental health. I no longer go out as I have lost the confidence.
Neither of my disabilities are visible to others and I think that is why mental health needs to be made more aware of.
I hope my post makes sense.