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Being made more aware of mental health

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This discussion was created from comments split from: Hi, I'm Mick, Ask me questions about mental health today.


  • Leon630
    Leon630 Member Posts: 24 Connected

    Hi Mick,

    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.

    Thank you.


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