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Mental Illness Doesn't Take Away the Good

Mental Illness Doesn't Take Away the GoodMental illness in general presents a host of challenges and difficulties. Golden State Warriors All mental illnesses have this in common: they negatively affect thoughts, feelings, and behaviors/actions, and they can interfere in things like relationships and life goals. nike air max 2017 femme blanche nike air max thea homme Mental illnesses also have in common the fact that they don’t take away the good in people and in life. To be sure, mental illness changes things, sometimes negatively. To deny that would be to minimize someone’s very real experiences and challenges. Also, we need to acknowledge the negative so we can address it fully in order to rise above the difficulties presented by any diagnosis of mental illness. Nike Air Max 90 Femme Fleur When I sustained my traumatic brain injury and subsequently received diagnoses of bipolar 1 disorder and anxiety disorders, of course many things in both my inner and outer worlds changed. Acknowledging this played a big part in my ability to transcend it all, to deal with it, rise above it, and learn to thrive in spite of it all. UGG Classic Mini Another realization was just as important in overcoming the difficulties: none of it–neither the brain injury, the bipolar disorder, nor the anxiety disorders–took away the good in my yesterdays, todays, and tomorrows. Mental illness does add difficulties, but it does not take away the good. In the novel Leave of Absence, Penelope Baker is wrestling with her diagnosis of schizophrenia and the effects it has on her life. March Madness Her lament here captures the sentiment of so many people who are living with the challenges presented by mental illness:

I used to be proud of myself. Adidas Yeezy 350 Homme I graduated from the University of Chicago and worked as an advertising executive at Anderson Fletcher.” She paused and hugged the beach ball against her chest. When she resumed, she spoke quietly. AIR MAX 2016 But then I changed, and I’m not the same anymore.

Penelope’s diagnosis of schizophrenia did change some things, including the way her brain functions. West Virginia Mountaineers Jerseys In some ways, she isn’t the same. Wichita State Shockers Jerseys Jacob Parker Jersey But in most ways, the ways that really count, she is the same. Mental illness truly can’t take away the good. Asics Gel Lyte 3 Femme Rose Mental illness can’t:

  • erase what you’ve accomplished
  • remove your values and beliefs that shape your actions
  • take away your character strengths
  • make you less of a person
  • change who you are at your core.

Living with mental illness does present challenges. But you can draw on what you’ve done in the past, who you are, and what you value to address the challenges and discover new ways of living despite them. Nike Kobe You aren’t your illness, which means that mental illness doesn’t erase the core of who you are. You can use your accomplishments, vales, and strengths in order to live a life driven by these elements rather than one dominated by difficulties. The below video is a short reading from the novel Twenty-Four Shadows. Canada Goose en ligne The book is the story of Isaac Bittman and his family and friend. CORTEZ Isaac has been diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder. DID is a completely different mental illness than schizophrenia, but you’ll notice a similar theme to Penelope’s and Issac’s thoughts and feelings. Air Jordan 14 Mental illness can feel like an eraser. NIKE FREE RN It’s not an eraser. Michigan Wolverines Jerseys Sign up for my free monthly newsletter, Wellbeing & Words. Each issue is packed with useful tips for enhancing mental health and wellbeing, reading-related tidbits, and updates about my own mental health writing and activities.

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  1. I love the list of what mental illness can’t take away. I am going to print it out and put it on my fridge, and maybe my bathroom mirror, or my computer screen…the possibilities are endless.
    I have only just discovered you now but am delighted to find such a positive, proactive approach to mental illness.
    Thanks for the great tips.

  2. Hi Wendy!
    Thank you so much for your wonderful comments — and for connecting. (Please accept my sincere apology for taking a week to discover your comment. I’ve been in the process of helping my daughter move and start school.) I love your idea of printing this out and putting it in a prominent place. I have motivational statements and ideas peppered around my home and office, too!
    Again, thank you!

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