Healing & Mental Illness

It’s been such a struggle dealing with people who don’t understand that depression and anxiety are real. For most of the time, I am high functioning, but, when I have a difficult period of time, things go down hill. Mental health just has important physical health. I don’t think I can repeat this enough. An illness is a full-time job within itself, so when I have “flare-ups” it’s exhausting.

“She was brave and strong and broken all at once.” – Anna Funder

woman-1129248_1920My mental illnesses were first believed to be created by physical illness, which I was being treated for. It is easy to wait from the physical self to feel better and assume that the mental illness with heal all by itself, but if I am honest with myself, I know that my emotional scars that took me for a ride still needs to be addressed.

I am healing. I am doing much better. I still have all my emotional scars, but they no longer have the same level of control over my life they used to have only a few short months ago. There is still a long road ahead, but I have come far enough to see the progress I have made and be proud of my achievement so far. It encourages me to face the road ahead.

The road to recovery isn’t straight and I learned along the way that my brain doesn’t produce enough serotonin and that I will need to take medication for the rest of my life. I don’t mind if it means that I will have the tools I need to combat anxiety and depression.

Healing doesn’t mean the damage never existed. It means the damage no longer controls our lives.” – Native American Quote

Resilience is in us. It’s a question of letting it space to express itself.

“There’s no shame in having to fight every day, but fighting every day, and presumably, if you’re still alive to hear these words or read this interview, then you are winning your war. You’re here. You might not win every battle. There are going to be some really tough days. There might be several tough times in any given single day, but hopefully, this will help somebody to think, ‘This isn’t easy; it is a fight, but I’m going to keep fighting.’” — Jared Padalecki

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