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Superpowers. Monday July 7, 2014

How many times I have wished for the power to touch somebody and briefly let them see how bad I feel. If I had this superpower firstly I would use it on my GP, then my psychiatrist, psychologist and a few selected family and friends. And for good measure, the receptionist at my GP's surgery who scorns at me and my mental health emergencies, and one or two people in the supermarket making my day hell. Possibly to customer service people for gas, phone and electric companies as well and finally and most definitely to anybody telling me to "get over it" or "pull my socks up".

Wow that felt good. I was zapping away with that superpower there. I needed it badly today talking to the community mental health crisis team and the more I needed to zap the person not being very helpful, the more distressed I was getting.

What superpower do you wish you had in the fight against poorly mental health? An anti-stigma wand? An "I'm not lazy, honest!" ray? Or something less dramatic like jedi mind control or the vulcan death grip? Something for you to imagine when the next person who looks at you like you have two heads comes along!

Have a lovely day. May the force be with you.

A Moodscope member.

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Natalie Mon, Jul 7th 2014 @ 8:08am

Excellent post. Thanks Jules, I can so relate to this!

Handsome Mon, Jul 7th 2014 @ 8:12am

Jules, If I had a superpower, I would wish it to be that I could 'zap' and take yours and everyone's pain away.

jules Mon, Jul 7th 2014 @ 8:40am


Anonymous Mon, Jul 7th 2014 @ 9:18am

I know Moodscope is to help with low mood problems and that you can't 'pull yourself together'. I'd love to hear from someone who does not have the luxury of wallowing in self despair because they had someone else who is totally dependent on them and self-control must be exercised or they all go under.

Elizabeth Mon, Jul 7th 2014 @ 10:33am

I love this blog, made me laugh. Yes, if telepathy was possible, I would want to connect with some people and show them, how I feel, but not in order to make them behave differently or pull them into my missery, but in the wish for understastanding and perhaps good advice on what to do about it

Victoria Mon, Jul 7th 2014 @ 10:38am

I didn't know anyone else felt like this! I want it for the same reason but also as a transferable thing so they can show me how they feel. Because I drive myself nuts with guilt thinking maybe it's just me and my pain or depression tolerance is low and everyone feels like this and I'm the wuss for not handling it better. Phew, sorry, felt good to get that out. Hope you can see the sun Jules and take a deep breath of fresh air and let it all go, even if just for a minute.

Anonymous Mon, Jul 7th 2014 @ 10:43am

Thanks for the post, it made me laugh.

Anonymous Mon, Jul 7th 2014 @ 10:48am

That sounds really hard, and I don't know your situation but having someone to care for is what I wish for because I know it would help me function better and do me some good too. Maybe that's why they say having a dog or an animal can be helpful for people with depression.

jules Mon, Jul 7th 2014 @ 11:35am

Empathy is priceless sometimes x

Anonymous Mon, Jul 7th 2014 @ 11:54am

There's a fine line between the comfort/stressful expectation (underline where appropriate) of having either pets, family or workmates relying on you for their needs...and the the relative freedom/peace/loneliness(underline again as appropriate!) of having no one to depend on you. After 30 yrs with bi-polar disorder, I have seen both sides, and would say on reflection, it is better to have loved (dependents) and lost (your freedom, time, money & sanity), than never to have loved (those who needed you to get up and out each day...even when you feel like staying under the overs all day or going straight back to bed at the 1st opportunity!). Joining a bi polar group locally has helped me see there is always someone who totally 'gets' you.

Julia Mon, Jul 7th 2014 @ 2:06pm

I think the word "luxury" is not quite right in this context Anon 9.18!! But why not write a blog about your predicament? It may help you and we will most definitely try to help you. Jules who wrote today's blog is such a lovely person and helps us Moodscopers enormously with her kindness and understanding.

MatthewTheWriter Mon, Jul 7th 2014 @ 2:25pm

Superpower - we often don't know it but we all communicate subtly the way we feel. Doctors don't just ask questions they look for clues in our face and body, even tone of voice. Every day we pick up on tiny unspoken signals from others and it effects us. We have all met people who when they enter the room the sun comes out because of their happy and open disposition - no trouble seems to phase them - and we have met the other type who live under a cloud and the mood is dark around them.

Should we pretend to be happy or let the world share our misery? You cannot fake it forever like the clown with the painted smile who makes everyone laugh while he cries from despair inside the painted face.

Perhaps we should wear warning T shirts to reflect our mood each day!

Don't come near.
I am in despair.
Please go away.
I don't want to spoil your day.

I am on a high.
I don't know why.
I think I can fly.
Tomorrow I'll cry.

Today is O.K.
I can laugh and play.
Take the chance
Don't avoid my glance.
This is my day to smile
It hasn't happened for a while.

Anonymous Mon, Jul 7th 2014 @ 3:41pm

As a bi-polar lead singer, I can relate totally to your blog.
Special Power: 11.
Peace and Love, Rich x

SallyAnn Hay Mon, Jul 7th 2014 @ 6:35pm

What is it with GPs' receptionists? When we are at our most vulnerable they are unsympathetic and misunderstand (on purpose? ) what we are asking for. It's very hard fighting your corner when it has taken enormous courage to even pick up the phone.

Anonymous Mon, Jul 7th 2014 @ 9:47pm

My superpower, re “1or 2 people in the supermarket making my day hell”, would be: to be more like the ancient philosopher who said “If you cannot change something, you can change your attitude to it” or like Eleanor Roosevelt who said “no-one can make me feel bad without my permission”, and to remember that [a] “hell” might be a bit worse anything that happens in a supermarket (a long queue? A rude customer? A dropped bottle splashing food on passers-by?) as opposed to say present-day Syria or South Sudan; and that [b] how other people approach me or respond to me is 90% about whatever is going on inside them (& I might never get to know what that was all about, in many cases) and only 10% about their actual exchanges with me. If I could do all that even on a bad day, I really would feel super-powered!

Anonymous Mon, Jul 7th 2014 @ 11:11pm

Ooh yes I'll go on a Pow Wow adventure with you Jules! I've got our capes and I'm ready to fly!

DawnC.Ritchie Tue, Jul 8th 2014 @ 3:19pm

I really love your T-shirt idea MatthewTheWriter :D
I want some!

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