The task of mental health healing is really tough work. There is no place for the faint of heart. There is no room for doubt or ambivalence when you decide to take on the work of healing. And you must reject the stigma that is so often attached to mental health issues. If you truly want to get better, you must feel that desire in the very core of your soul, and know that you will do whatever it takes to reach the goal of well-being. I believe that the key to any successful mental health healing process is to own the problem. Owning the mental health disorder is more than half the battle. Unfortunately, we often say that we want to get better, but sometimes we keep ourselves from getting better by decisions we make and actions we do or do not take. If you live in the land of denial, as I did for so long, nothing moves forward. Nothing can be improved. What I learned was that there is a big difference between saying that I wanted to get better, and feeling/knowing that I wanted to get better.
Denial! Such a huge word. No, I don’t have high blood pressure. No, I don’t have an eating disorder. No, I don’t have an anxiety disorder. No, I don’t have blurry vision. No, I don’t have a hearing problem. No, I’m not depressed. No, I don’t have mood swings. No, I don’t need anger management. Denial! Such a negative environment in which to be stuck.
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I hit bottom, or at least what felt like bottom, and I knew that I did not want to be stuck there for the rest of my life. I knew at that moment, that I had to do whatever it took to get my life back. Funny you should ask this question, because the next blog is going to speak to this exact issue. Thanks for the question, and for reading.
What did you do that triggered that final change?