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Re: how do YOU handle the mental illness question?

Posted by Bookgurl99 on May 24, 2002, at 17:33:57

In reply to how do YOU handle the mental illness question?, posted by terra miller on May 23, 2002, at 9:44:23

I find that I don't perceive myself as having a mental illness. I'm aware that I do -- if I'm having memory problems due to anxiety, I must.

I find that I am struggling against these symptoms, struggling not to succumb to mental illness -- striving to create a stable, happy life for myself despite the illness.

There are long periods of time -- years -- in which my life is 'uninterrupted' by illness. I go kayaking, fall in love, go to school, work. Then out of the blue -- whoosh -- some worsening of my previous symptoms impacts my life. It can be immensely disheartening.

It is difficult to acknowledge being 'mentally ill,' in part I think because of the social attitude. Isn't it just a 'weakness'? But I think acknowledging the difficulty and persisting despite it are both part of the cure.




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