I don’t generally feel low. I did used to a few years ago but, thankfully my mental health therapist helped me. Now the issue is that there are a few family members who seem to trigger my low mood. The difficulty is that I certainly don’t want to fall out with anyone (let alone a family member) and if I went with my therapist’s advice of vocalising my feelings, then it could lead to a confrontation.
Eg. When I’m playing with my little 2 year old daughter, a family member would come up to my daughter saying words to the effect of “shall we get a sweetie?” Or “shall we jump very high?” Then my daughter has gone away & the fantastic father/daughter bonding time is over. I feel so hopeless and boring (because I am unable to play half of the high octane games that most other people play.) Also it just reminds me of the dark days of years gone by when I had relapsed and was unable to do anything.
I don’t know whether other people are deliberately undermining me. I suspect not. But the fact remains that I’m not as fun as able bodied people. The last thing that I want to do is vocalise my feelings to family especially as I feel they will have a chat about me behind my back.
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