It is the most important and necessary step on our journey for the rest of our lives. To accept our condition. It involves nobody else this procedure. Sure our family and friends are effected one way or the other in being tolerant but this road we pave of acceptance is mostly done alone.
You can take our hands as you begin your trek. We can plant the seeds, point you in the direction you should head and let you go. “We” being anyone that has empathy really and professional health carers.
Essentially, the process of acceptance is a frame of mind. It is no different to other challenges of a physical nature except being an illness others cant see it is less accepted plus there is much more stigma that lurks in the minds of the unknown.
So if you have a view, a rare view, of placing mental illness in the same basket as a physical illness it is easier to accept. Some basic rules though can be taken on board to help you along
Regular contact with your GP is crucial. Even if you aren’t feeling 100% it is no longer a case of wait and see. Go, go to your GP.
Defend yourself and distance yourself from the naïve and opinionated “expert” that will cause you to crash in an instant. You don’t need negativity to drag you down.
Join other peer groups like this one whereby like minds get together to build your mental strength.
Concentrate on what you can, not what you cannot do. This is all to do with positive thinking. Positive thinking in its best form is one whereby you also remain realistic.
Mindset is important. You are not abnormal as there is no normal. You are YOU and they are themselves. For every person receiving medical attention for a mental illness there are likely 8 out their not getting it but truly have it. Feel self-appreciative that you are doing something about it
Some illnesses effect us and our loved ones daily. This is a fact of our lives. Only after many conflicts do we realise our dosage is out of whack. This is the steep drawn out learning curve of mental illness.
Accept that others we walk past in the street have restrictions. Like – some bound by wheelchairs or crutches/canes, some cant talk our language, homeless people, learning difficulties even financial incompetence and the list goes on. Depression and other related illnesses are no different apart from needing some well targeted professional help.
Once accepted we can fine tune our lives better. We can move on, face other challenges like stability. Then its easier for others.