Well if you ask me I say it is very very important.
Let me explain why I think this is the case. When I made the decision to begin my mental health recovery journey, I did not know that I would be simultaneously starting my self-awareness and self-discovery journey as well. Making this decision was one of the best decisions and investments that I could have ever made for myself.
When I started to see my see my therapist, she would ask me things about my past, my parents, and about old relationships.
I would think to myself, “Why is she asking me this?, this doesn’t have anything to do with being bipolar?” She would ask me to talk about my mother, and her passing (which is my total weak spot). I would find myself with a face full of tears and a handful of kleenex.
I felt like it was totally pointless to talk about my past relationships and my childhood…..
when all I wanted to talk about was how to fix myself and my anxiety and my bipolar disorder. What I did not realize was that talking about my past and where I had been would help with where I was going and what my future would be like. Looking at the past and the experiences that I had would allow me to discover who I was as a person, these were all very important things that I needed to evaluate on this journey of mental health recovery and even more important on my journey of self-awareness. Who I was as a person played a part in how I responded to my illness and my symptoms, and all of this information would allow me to be more informed and educated when taking care of myself in the present and the future.