Have you ever thought about these statements?
I am afraid of change
I am not enough
People don’t want me to change
I can’t live without chaos.
The Road Less Traveled by M.Scott Peck M.D.
Life is difficult.
If we expect a life with no pain, no heartache, no illness.
We are wrong.
Struggle is definite!
Mental health issues are complicated!
There are many people with mental health issues that enrich our lives.
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Success equals a plan.
Wellness plan equals healthier lifestyle.
For people living with mental health issues the road is not easy. Treatment is up to the individual. This person is not broken and everyone’s success looks different. We can find a way to thrive and move forward.
Mental Illness can’t be cured, however it can be managed.
Start by making a wellness plan.
Reading books and joining a support group.
My wellness plan involves medication, relaxation, yoga, supportive people, meditation, volunteering, journaling and creative writing.
I want everyone to know things did not change overnight for me. It was a slow and steady pace. I have known my share of hardships and loss but here I stand continuously moving forward. I remember the days that made me strong. I asked for help and I never gave up on myself.
My advice to caregivers is smile, sit and listen. Don’t pity the individual. Realize the person is trying on good days and bad days. I advise those that struggle with mental health to learn to ask for help. Remember, ninety percent of mental disorders are treatable.
Why mental illness called the invisible disease?
People don’t often look sick. Some individuals hide behind closed doors and use alcohol and drugs to medicate the disorder. Many individuals rather than seek help with their mental disorder, many hide, hoping that it will go away. They are unwilling to admit to their illness because they are frightened of society’s reaction. Those who most need support from others, aren’t able to find the support they need because of society’s view on their illness.
On the other side of recovery I believe it is our job to raise awareness for those who are still struggling!
We can inspire hope and healing. We can expose this invisible disease.
Tell me how you can change the way people see mental illness.