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Michael Honeycutt
Posted over 1 year ago
What experiences have made you more comfortable with mental health disorders?
Simply put, I grew up with two parents suffering from PTSD at a minimum and possible Bipolar tendencies as well in my mom. I too have been diagnosed as depressed severely and overly anxious. I didn't really get a choice about dispelling the stigma of mental illness, I live with it daily. BUT, notice the CAPS, BUT...I LIVE with it daily. I survive and even thrive in my own ways. I excell at being me. I have tried to develop a sense of humor about it, not to laugh AT mental illness, but to laugh with and through it. Hey gang, I'm nuts! This might get entertaining. I embrace my battles because I know I will prevail. If folks will stick with me we might have some fun and learn something new. If they choose to abandon me, I'm gonna have some fun and learn something new. My new motto, sorta Latinish: SCRUEM!
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Michael Honeycutt
Posted over 1 year ago
What experiences have made you more comfortable with mental health disorders?
I watched and thoroughly related to both presentations. My wife and son both deal with adult ADHD and are simply wired differently than me. While this has led to some conflict, I on the other hand, have MS and occasionally severe depression. So we are quite a crew...their brains going 400 miles an hour with their hair on fire, five directions per channel, and I with my mono-channel single receiver brain trying to keep up. It's a house filled with genius and all sorts of differing ways of dealing with things. I finally was forced and got a man-cave, my own private little room with a small workbench and tools, a desk, and my computer, so I can escape the sensory overload of living with human tornadoes. But we are ALL different.. Not lesser in ability, just different in experience and modality of coping. Differing points of view have definite merit when utilized well. We may be slightly nuts but we are still viable humans with nothing to be or feel ashamed about. So our experience is different than the expectations of others...who made the lord high executioner in the first place? What makes them so unique that they are any better than any of the rest of us? NOTHING! Find your identity in YOU not the expectations of others. You are unique, they are NOT!
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Michael Honeycutt
Posted over 1 year ago
What experiences have made you more comfortable with mental health disorders?
Ahh, the age old question of the boundaries of mental disorders; When the diagnostics books define very well what amounts to a mental disorder but the application of those terms to human variabilities in subjective descriptions of their feelings or moods or even their veracity as a real patient can makes for some strange and tremulous brews. I knew a guy that literally faked his way out of the United States navy in the 70's, long before don't ask, dont tell, by claiming to be gay. Realizing of course that he would be given certain psychiatric exams and evaluations before a discharge was possible, he spent about a month of his free time in the library studying everything he could about homosexuality, it's mental effects, it's "symptoms" aand "co-morbidities"...the works. Then he walked into the CO's office and declared himself to be gay. Gone within two weeks. He told me he'd be glad to name me as a partner if I wanted out and I declined. I'm not gay and had less than a year of a five year enlistment to go. But his scholarship bought him a discharge and, to my knowlesge, he was straight as an arrow. Even from my hometown where I knew his family. A good brain can help rise above disorder and bring clarity in the face of apparent chaos. Unless, like me you have repeated cerebral flatulence, but I won't go there.
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Michael Honeycutt
Posted over 1 year ago
What experiences have made you more comfortable with mental health disorders?
Katie. or Dr. Katie, sorry, you earned your title, I, as a person dealing with major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorders chronic Reactive Arthritis and recently a diagnosis of Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis, that has really hit the depression and everything else hard...anyway as one of thi=ose folks I say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. Yes I battle mental illness, as does most of my family, but we can and are still able to live fulfilling productive lives. We just have to bend or break a few of the rules to pull it off. Being WEIRD is just fine with me. Neuropsych eveals put my intelligence at to top enf of the bell curve, way out there in the upper 98-99%. That scares the shit out of me. I always knew I was reasonably bright but nw it explains my wierdness and difficulty relating to others. It explains why I devoured books on ALL topics as a kid. I was always very good at math though I hated it, but I did find it useful for my scientific education and Physics. But all my life , I've been wandering around wondering why I seemed so different and strange to everyone around me. I'm a proud nerd, that thinks differently than other folks. I'm wired differently. And that's JUST fine with me. keeps everyone else on their toes because they never know what the wild eyed bearded weirdo is gonna say or write next. Pair-o-dice!
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Michael Honeycutt
Posted over 1 year ago
What experiences have made you more comfortable with mental health disorders?
Well Elizabeth, i too am aware of the way people treat you differently when you are a little different mentally. depression has been a lifelong battle for me although it wasn't diagnoed until after military service. My mom battled it all her life. Both of my brothers are recovering alcoholics as was my Grandfather. My dad had PTSD from Korea and taught it well to us kids. But still, through all of my weirdness and depression and creative bursts and MS, I have discovered a couple of things. It has made me extremely adaptable. Darwin didn't say it was the fittest that would survive, it would be the most ADAPTABLE that would survive. Those of us with "The Label" need not totally follow societal norms and we will be better able to adapt AND think outside the box we have been so conveniently excluded from. I don't miss their version of reality a bit even though I have to play the game daily. yes, the exclusions are painful but they allow for self growth within ourselves. That which does not kill me makes me stronger.
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Michael Honeycutt
Posted over 1 year ago
What experiences have made you more comfortable with mental health disorders?
Life is for living. Life is an adventure. If it were easy they would never call it adventure. I am, in my own belief, right where my deity wants me to be, because as I grow and develop through it I will be able to minister to and console and edify those who see me or may be going through a hard time. To build up another is a calling from God. To strengthen the weak and help the downtrodden...but how do we empathize with such if we never experience it for ourselves? I'm beginning to think of this life on earth as a boot-camp for a later existance.
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Michael Honeycutt
Posted over 1 year ago
What experiences have made you more comfortable with mental health disorders?
Well stated Mark. We ARE all of us. Will I choose to be happy or sad? Will I choose to walk in love or hate. Am I too good to help that odd person or might I be missing the chance of a lifetime to know a unique and interesting person that adds value to my life> May I be allowed to add value to theirs? It is an honor to give up 0oneself for the enrichment of another. Those are life's true values.
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Michael Honeycutt
Posted over 1 year ago
What experiences have made you more comfortable with mental health disorders?
Very well said! To quiet the busyness of the mind....I find that solitude within nature helps me amazingly. I am a Christian but not like most other Christians out there. My church is nature and God's creation surrounding me, where I become one with the Creation, where I come home to the reality of life. Not the realities imposed on us through societal pressures but the reality of being a singular, unique work of creation meant to be a BEING not a DOING. I AM what and who I am. My personality traits and oddities are my own and they make me ME. Am I insane. No, maybe. Do I battle severe depression? Yes but I ALWAYS win. never go into a fight allowing for the possibility of defeat, you will lose. Go into a fight KNOWING and SEEING yourself as the victor before the first blow is ever struck...you WILL WIN. EVERY TIME! Mental illness, maybe. mental strength and endurance, unquestionably. let me be me rather than NORMAL any day. I am a fringe rider. I ride the fringes of normality so the loonies that know me and like me can feel a little more normal about themselves and all the straight arrows like me because they feel like they are associated with a wild child. Yahoo, what a ride! Let's rock-n-roll in our peculiarities!
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Michael Honeycutt
Posted over 1 year ago
What experiences have made you more comfortable with mental health disorders?
Laughter absolutely! Insane, maniacal gut wrenching, side splitting cheek-cramping guffaws all around! My mom has/had a mental illness that my father and she refused to tell us the diagnosis for. She eventually abandoned the entire family and has madeit very clear that she wants NOTHING ever to do with us again. That sucks but that was my mom. Brilliant self taught musician and artist, wired for sound. PTSD from childhood abuse? Major depressive disorder? Who knows? I have MS. Depression has been a life long companion. But I'm okay with it. bad days are bad but I try to concentrate on the good days and I strive to get people to smile and laugh because we really are ALL just a little nuts. Couldn't survive in this world without being so. Live with it, embrace it, run with it. Let the loonies on the grass! We at least know how to have fun without putting on aires. We've been in the shit and know it and are getting through it. The High-lifes don't know what they are missing.