Honest Acceptance

We’ve all heard the negative stigma surrounding the mental health industry. Sure, admitting you have a problem is the first step. Unfortunately, too many of us take that statement at face value and simply accept the acceptance stage. To me, this is one of the most instrumental and fundamental building blocks to long term successful living with mental health disorders. Many of us hit rock bottom, which often is a blessing in disguise. From the depths of these bottoms come growth and understanding, strength and an appreciation of the glimmer of hope we still have. Those of you that continue to follow my writing will quickly learn that I commonly relate the symptoms of mental illness to that of the flu for both the patient and family or friends.  To me, accepting that you have a problem at face value is the equivalent to a five year old understanding that they are coughing and feel like garbage but not understanding why and therefore being unable to effectively treat or cope with these uncomfortable symptoms.  While it is true and crucial that the first step to getting better is accepting that we have a problem, it can’t stop there. We must continue by fully identifying all the problems HONESTLY! When we do this for ourselves, we are able to break down the symptoms and areas of our distress and effectively deal with them. I personally went through years and years of pain and improperly utilized treatments because of my lack of understanding regarding my personal symptoms and what they truly were. Although I could visit therapists and doctors, take medicine and attempt the coping mechanisms I wasn’t getting better. I knew it would take time but it seemed I wasn’t even heading in the right direction. Frustrated with the unfruitfulness of my efforts and treatment attempts I was finally forced to really look at myself and my problems. While I am still far from successfully defeating my symptoms that affect me daily, I have learned to begin working on the things that matter most. Being one of the toughest obstacles of my battle, I finally began being honest with myself and others about what was truly affecting me. Please allow me to share my experiences by joining is for our weekly newsletter thats just $1.99/Month. To learn more about accepting the symptoms and causes of mental illnesses both as a patient and family member or friend, please subscribe to our weekly newsletters! Subscribe at https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=79LYK533Y5Y3S

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How The Change Came

Having grappled for years to free myself from the grips of depression, I have been through a range of treatments and therapy programs. Although appreciative of the positive impact they seemed to make, I always felt something was still missing. No matter what level of perceived success I reached, happiness always seemed to be just around the corner. Whether it was a new vehicle, new relationship or a bigger bank account, I couldn’t seem to fill the void. With feelings of guilt and shame abounding, I felt lost and hopeless. It seemed that no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t get better. To those on the outside, my environmental factors seemed to be in check, so to most my behavior was seen as whining and moping at best. It took years of being resilient and a visceral sense of a greater cause before I could accept that what was afflicting me couldn’t always be explained. (I do however know differently now and this logical explanation of the biological aspect of the disease will be discussed at length and often in later posts.) To read the rest of my story and understand where I am from and where I am headed please continue reading at https://fjthomasblog.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/living-on-the-edge/

Be Bold. Be Remembered.

Zakk Tompkins