Thanks for sharing. Agreed, mental illness is very complex and the trigger points even more so. I am curious that you haven't formally been diagnosed but you see a psychologist. How long have you seen your psychologist for? Are the sessions working for you? I have seen a few psychologists and counsellors and I find them very helpful - I see them as an important part of managing my anxiety.
What do you do find as the main triggers of your stress?
I wouldn't worry too much about having a mental illness...as to answer your question, it can be effectively managed. Many people have a mental illness and manage it like any other illness eg diabetes and heart disease. My husband and I have had our ups and downs with our illness and at the moment we are both working in great jobs, healthy, happy and expecting our first baby in December. But it takes ongoing management for us both ie exercise, diet, down time and letting the other person know when things are starting to get overwhelming.
There is a lot of diagnosed and undiagnosed mental illness in my family but I see it more as a positive - we all seem to understand it but we don't talk about it too much as there are happier things to discuss. Saying that, my brother had a bad patch recently and we were all there to help him through it.
What are your hobbies and interests? What makes you happy?