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Effective Disclosure by Living Well on Sun Jul 17, 2011 10:16 pm
Today, I am having coffee with a friend from the party on Saturday night. We have been friends for a year but she's never been privy to my illness or my trauma. Telling the walking group about my new diagnosis from the outset was relatively easy because I didn't have an emotional investment in them a friends. This woman I do. My social life in the location I moved to a year ago has pretty much solely sprung out from my friendship with this woman. Yes, she is a very wise person, I like collecting wise people as friends but there is no mental illness in her family; there is no significant traumas; just the normal ups and downs that happens in well people's lives.
I will let her know that I don't want to go too far into things and I plan just to let her know I was severely abused as a child physically, sexually and psychologically; that my entire family suffers from mental illness; bipolar and that my brother has now crossed into schizophrenia and that I have broken away a) to keep me and my son safe and b) to properly manage our own genetic conditions.
I really want to be brief and not go into details. I want to help dispell any misconceptions she may have about mental illness without losing the friendship because I am mentally ill. Will let you know how I get on. I have an appt with my employment consultant this morning and got some of those legal, telco, and housing issues to keep chipping away at this arvo.
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