Many days, Ashley from mentalhealthathome.org, writes thought-provoking posts, and today was no exception.
The topic was on the presence and absence of violent thoughts in people with severe mental illness.
I found it fascinating to engage with others about what makes them (and me) think, what I call violent or “obtuse thoughts.”
The consensus was that these thoughts, when we have them, can be cathartic, and are NOT indicative of who we are as individuals.
In fact, no one can control their thoughts, which leads me to the point of THIS post.
As I think about the days when I needed admittance to inpatient (and it has been awhile since then), I am questioning just how bad was I?
Well, it would seem that I did have everything from racing thoughts, to psychotic thoughts, to suicidal ideations.
I even tried to leave a moving vehicle on a few occasions on the way to the hospital.
So, the point of my taking this trip down memory lane was in fact to see, were my loved ones correct, those times they took me to the ER?
And thankfully, I believe they were!
I also want to mention a statistic that has been proven over and again, that mentally ill people are no more violent than that of the general population.
That said, were you ever hospitalized and feel you didn’t need to be?