Finding Meaning In Mental Illness


It’s true, everyday is a struggle. Often, a silent and invisible one. The amount of self-talk, breathing exercises and mental imagery (soothing) to get through a grocery store trip, a doctor’s visit, coffee and talk with a friend is phenomenal. It’s taken me years to develop these budding skills.

Four months ago, I wouldn’t have been able to imagine having the ability to attend a two-day training session. (Full days too.) Two years ago, I wasn’t able to imagine driving again. Incremental steps and slow, slow progress have marked these accomplishments. I’ve learned to train my brain to focus on what I can do, not what I can’t.

Still, on occasion, when I hear about myself from before compared to now — it hurts and deeply. This is not the fault of the speaker. The adjustment has been difficult for everyone. We’re all in a state of transition. I can’t…

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