Thursday, December 18, 2008

Time Magazine: Mentally Ill Die Younger

For me, this was a shocking article. I've known for a long time that, especially when DH's mental illness is not well-controlled, he is at a much higher risk for suicide, or an auto accident, or an unintentional overdose, I had never really thought about the fact that even if he never succumbs to these things, certain aspects of his lifestyle put him at a much higher risk. He is obese. Although he has cut down on the pop drinking quite a bit, he still makes poor food choices. And of course, you all know he smokes. When he was healthy, I used to refuse to even run to the store to buy cigarettes for him. Now, I not only go, but I pay for them, too. Just like the pop used to be, he believes (and I have never been a smoker, so I am not making light of the situation, just not completely understanding) that he could not live for an hour with no cigarettes. During one of his half serious attempts to quit smoking, he started chewing tobacco, and now he is dependent on that, too. And the possibility of quitting seems to threaten his very being. And he has already been diagnosed as "diabetic", although so far, he has refused to really acknowledge it....but, Carol, let's face it....DH fits this article, lock, stock, and barrel.....

It's more than scary so see an article like this and wonder if it was written specifically about DH. Yikes.

Here's the link, for those of you who are interested:
Why Do Mentally Ill People Die Younger?


Immi said...

It is hard to look at, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't written about DH. It was written about me, or so many others I've known. *wry smile* So it seems any way. Tough to face, regardless, though.

elizabeth said...

Not only do they die younger, but bipolar husbands divorce more often. It's a daily struggle (like a daily job) for them to manage their illness properly. No hope when there's no insight into their own condition.

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