Family units that don't 'believe' in psychology

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endlessfnords
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11 Jun 2024, 3:11 pm

Anybody here also come from families that invalidate your diagnosis?

37 m, just diagnosed ASC. I grew up in a very authoritarian and conservative household where any discussion of mental health was taboo. My parents don't "believe" in psychology, or most education that lies outside of their rigid identity comfort zones. I see that a big part of this behavior is their own obvious untreated mental health issues. I also see how destructive their brand of politics/religion is.

Any similar experiences here?
How do you cope with family emotional abuse?



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11 Jun 2024, 9:33 pm

Welcome to WP, endlessfnords. :)

My family didn't like discussing mental illness until I ended up in hospital with depression multiple times. This sort of forced them to accept that mental health was important.

In 2013 (my last hospital stay), my dad visited me often even though I was very ill with side effects of medication. He brought me drinks and snacks - really thoughtful.

I think I've been fairly lucky although one of my sisters once said to me regarding my depression, "get over it."



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12 Jun 2024, 6:00 am

Thanks, renaeden! So glad I found this community.



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16 Jun 2024, 2:45 am

^No problem! I hope you stick around and post some more. :)