🦄💪 #mentalhealthmonday 🦄💪 A unique take on #invisibleillness & #unicornstrong about #resilience - particularly in #women who are often #misdiagnosed or #overlooked 👀
Some may know that 50% of seizures are labeled psychogenic; but did you know that 80% of those labels go to WOMEN (my Father, MD, found this statistic)? Understandably, every physician I've been to has asked the questions below, but it started to get out of hand at multiple times in a single visit - "Do you have anxiety / depression / trauma?" 🤔.🤯.🧐
Now, I have friends who deal with ACTUAL anxiety & depression and let me tell you it is not something to ask or insinuate casually! Someone will KNOW if they have either one. In college, I learned that 1 in 3 women has experienced sexual abuse in her lifetime - yet 1 in 3 do not necessarily develop seizures. So I'd think a woman would KNOW if something from her past is causing a current issue 👩⚖
I know now #migraines are a very real #neurologicalcondition ... YET I was told to "calm down" by a neurologist so that my "episodes" wouldn't get that bad - like I could somehow super human control them 🤦♀️ A fibromyalgia pain clinic was also mentioned when I DON'T have the disease 🤷♀️🤷♀️🤷♀️ To Top It Off - This Doctor DIDN'T know I had migraines although he had my charts 🙄
To conclude, HECK YES UNICORNS ARE RESILIENT. I just heard a doctor (I like btw) in a talk say people with migraines may be "less resilient". I'm here to tell you I wouldn't be alive if I wasn't resilient! If you're a doctor, please remember that typically your patient knows her / his mind / body best. The patient could live with your decisions for life AND the words that you say / how you say them DO matter. .🙏.
"Aunt P. Tribute" 🦋💖🦋 "I'm going to have a stroke" - how she knew no one knows - but the hospital staff didn't listen & she paid the price. THANKFUL she's doing rehab right now 💪🌟 #mentalhealth#resilient#zebra#zebrastrong#unicorn#thespoontheory#spoonie#thespooniesisterhood#chronicillness#chronicillnesswarrior#chronicillnessawareness#chronicillnessfighter#seizures#migraineawareness#buildaladder#makeup#photography#ethereal#light#art