Having a Mental Illness Made Me A Better Person
When I was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and anxiety over 4 years ago, I thought that it was the end of the world. Because of the stigma and negative images portrayed about people with mental health disorders, I too believed the awful narratives. I did not of course, want to be one of them. I know that was a terrible way of thinking but, it was from lack of knowledge and information.
For years I was in denial about my illness.
I did not want to admit having an illness that so many viewed in such a negative way. After years of partially maintaining my illness, it did not yield the results that I desired. I wanted to live a normal life and “be okay”.
Last year I made a vow to myself. I vowed to take my mental health seriously. This included going to therapy on a regular basis (once a week) and seeing my psychiatrist at least every 8 weeks. What I did not realize when I started on this new path, what I was in for. I hoped that I would feel better but never in a million years did I think that I would feel like a brand-new person.
In additional to learning the coping skills needed maintain my illness…….
I also dealt with many of the issues that had plagued my past. As much as I denied dealing with these issues, dealing with them really helped me. I began seeing things more clearly, developed a greater relationship with myself, and increased my self-awareness and self-love.
I do believe that had I not received my diagnosis, I would not have had the chance to really take the time to focus on my mental health and my past issues. I truly believe that my mental illness has made me a better person, and I am so grateful for it.
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