In chatting with someone close to me, I was completely shocked at their view of my symptoms. In the middle of some honest discussion, I mentioned being up again. They were shocked, “You were up this week?”
I ran through a short list of visible symptoms that led me to this assessment. I had assumed it was pretty clear and would be to anyone watching. These were massive changes from the week previous. At least to me they were.
But to them, they were evaluating different things and assumed that I was not up – still stuck being down.
I’m not sure what to do with this. I can communicate better about how I feel. I feel a bit better knowing that to outsiders, my inner turmoil is likely mostly invisible. I can also take into consideration what other things people use to evaluate emotional state.
Photo Credit: George Wesley & Bonita Dannells