If you’ve read my past posts, you should know that mental illness is part of me. It is not who I am, it does not define me, but it is something that I have. This has been a struggle for me for years and up until a few months ago, I didn’t understand that it wasn’t normal to feel the way i was feeling.
That being said, I am feeling fricken AMAZING. I am laser focused on what I want out of life, I am learning how to battle triggers and how to not let my emotions define me. Therapy is going amazing. I feel complete control in my life for the first time EVER.
Why am I telling you this? Because often people who struggle with mental illness stop their treatment, both medications and therapy, when they start to feel better. AND THAT’S NOT OKAY. Trust me, I know how tempting it is to stop the medication, to stop the therapy when you’re feeling good. You are “fixed” right? NO!
Mental illness, typically, is not something you can “fix” and never have to worry about ever again. You constantly have to work on it and stay on top of. You don’t want to erase all the progress you’ve made. Right?
Think about it. Remember that dark place that caused you to get help? Do you really want to go back there? I, for one, will do anything to NOT go back to that dark, scary place. So if you find yourself not wanting to take those medications or not wanting to go to therapy. This is your sign to keep at it and don’t stop when you feel good. You are worthy of an incredible life, so treat yourself like it.
And if you are feeling dark and stormy, there is a way up. I feel you, I was you. Get help. Reach out to a friend, family member, therapist, call the suicide hotline. I know it’s easy for me to tell you this, but I speaking from experience. I am speaking as a person who was in the darkest of dark places, it does get better. It just starts with a decision to make the change.