Basic human needs such as to be safe and have privacy can be unmet in all kinds of ways. This is the experience of one women who found herself chronically depressed in consequence of her family’s response of depression stigma to her.
Listen to this Eleventh Audio of the “Client Stories” series and you can also read the accompanying blog post.
Listen/download to my audio: Stigma and isolation – Fiona’s experience
Read my Depression Help Blog post: Stigma and isolation – Fiona’s experience
1: Donald’s story of depression creeping up
Audio 2: Experience of Padma and Roberta
Audio 3: Trevor’s recovery from fear of depression
Audio 4: Tricia’s depression recovery
Audio 5: Mike’s reset following retirement
Audio 6: Norman failed by the NHS
Audio 7: Barbara and Ros resetting
Audio 8: Harold’s Diagnosis
Audio 9: Freddie’s failure
Audio 10: Rosanna’s suicidal thoughts and recovery
Audio 11: Fiona’s isolation and stigma
Audio 12: Vernon and Kate – self confidence was the problem
Audio 13: Isobel on the verge of extinction
Audio 14: Rachel on the verge of extinction
Fiona was in her early fifties with two girls approaching university age and had suffered from years of mainly verbal abuse and humiliation from her husband, a successful businessman.
As Fiona found herself sinking beneath the weight of this, she found that her wider family refused to believe that her husband could possibly be as she described it. They instinctively took his side and dismissed her concerns as reflecting badly on her – she was an attention seeker, delusional, going mad. Fiona believed that she could understand why her wider family were not open to listening to her – it went way back to her relationship with her siblings as children and young adults. Nevertheless the consequences were devastating for her now and had been (she realised) for a number of years – sapping her self confidence, forcing her to introspect and worry even more and making it much harder still for her to keep hold of who she was and what you knew she was capable of.