What Happens After a Mental Health Recovery
Say If you were to have a chronic disease like heart failure or diabetes, after you have had a heart attack and after you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you’re going to have to learn to maintain your health and live life with these illnesses.
Assuming you have had a few heart attacks, you will learn to adjust you’re way of life (eating healthy, keeping your weight down) after each attack and would know the signs and symptoms of an impending heart attack.
The same theory is true when you have recovered from a mental illness. It’s reasonable to expect that you cannot possibly be a renewed person or the same person you were after your illness. Something had to have clicked in the mindset to get you there in the first place.
The symptoms would still be evident and you would more than likely experience emotions that sometimes things might appear hopeless and debilitating but still you have to adjust and work through them. And with each and every adjustment, you will start to feel better and that you’re starting to move forward again, and leaving your mental illness behind you.
Mental health recovery is about having being in a bad place or mindset and emerging and looking for something more positive and better. It is an ongoing process and something you have to work at. It would appear at times you’re taking two steps forward, only to adjust and take one step back again.It is definitely something you must not rush or be inpatient with.
You will learn new skills and strategies to deal with the symptoms and how better to manage your mental illness. Every body has their ups and downs and trial by error, but you should never get discouraged. This is what happens all our way through life, each and every one of us and we always learn from our mistakes an errors and this is where we begin to move forward from past, triggers, experiences and behavior.
Mental health recovery can be a lifelong process as much as the mental illness took years to develop sometimes even decades. But not everyone’s recovery period is the same, where all still individuals. A person can struggle for years with the illness,through being controlled by a mental disorder, example: OCD, depression and panic attacks and might have to face a lifelong struggle in treating the illness. Some people do experience minor triumph where they beat the severity of the mental illness and the regularity of the illness appearing, to only still have bouts of intermittent attacks from the symptoms.
One of the most critical factors with any illness is the early intervention. Someone who displays signs and symptoms of schizophrenia in the early stages of childhood would have a better chance and better recovery period with early intervention than someone who was not diagnosed or ms-diagnosed when they were younger. The earlier you can treat the illness and pick the signs or symptoms before a complete relapse begins, could make all the difference of between having to go through the same disorder all over again or having complete total recovery.
Recovery from a mental illness is just part of the recovery process. You will have to take ownership of your mental illness and do some positive work yourself. For example, eating well, exercising, getting enough sleep and reading positive self-help books never go astray when trying to maintain a happy healthy lifestyle and helping to restore your mental health to a sense of well-being.
Many individuals who have a mental illness have sometimes turned to living a life that is secluded and withdrawn from the public eye due to that social stigma and discrimination associated with people with a mental disorder.( My pet hate.) This can lead to a false sense of self-worth and a low opinion of oneself defeating the purpose of the ideal recovery you were on track for.
One of the hardest parts of the recovery stage is entering back into your slot in the community where you left off some time back before you got ill. Every one would like to slip back in without any talk or words spoken and have everything the way it was before reclaim everything that he has lost during the entire period he had the mental illness plus every lost opportunity that he would have taken prior to the onset of symptoms.
There might be a possibility you may not be able to go back to your previous position, and if this happens to be the case you could redirect your life to something different but equally rewarding you have the capabilities it’s all in the mind. This has happened before to other people, and it can happen for you.
Mental Health Support & Counseling
National Institute of Mental Health
6001 Executive Boulevard
Room 8184, MSC 9663
Bethesda, MD 20892-9663
American Psychiatric Association
1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1825
Arlington, VA 22209-3901
American Psychological Association
Does not offer referrals
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
National Mental Health Association
2000 Beavregard St.
Alexandria, VA 22311
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
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