For me it was hard to accept. Finding peace with your past. Managing symptoms in the present. Planning for the future. These all require time. I expected everything to be “fixed,” not truly understanding time. The patience, the work, the setbacks, etc had to all be accepted for me to fully grasp the magnitude of my mental illnesses. How have you viewed time when it comes to your mental illness?
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The detachment from reality can come in many forms. Personally, right now for me it is memory lapses and time. This is why I have a million notebooks, journals, pads, etc because the thought of the lapses causes anxiety. If you have issues with dissociation, what have you found that has helped you?
I’ve talked about this before, but I can’t reintoriate how important this is for me. Especially since worrying about my anxiety causes more anxiety! I know my triggers and I understand my symptoms, but I have to find the balance to not allow it to consume me. I used to be so focused on recovery that I barely enjoyed life trying to secure the bubble I established. The point of my coping mechanisms was to allow me to still enjoy life but to still have an action plan for when… Read more Fear of relapse →
You can’t miss something you never had right? You can’t experience loss if you never started right? Those were the justifications I would tell myself to not get attached. This could mean something as tangible as a person or abstract as an idea. Detachment probably saved me from a lot of heartache but probably also halted me achieving so much more. I’m allowing myself to feel all emotions and accept most things because I understand now how my temporary emotions are.
With the recent suicides, we are made aware of the importance of reaching out if we are struggling. Yes, that makes sense but that is one of the key struggles most have when they are dealing with a mental illness. The isolation, guilt, and just pure exhaustion from everything makes that very task seem implausible. This is why it is so important to make others aware of your symptoms and what can trigger them. Everyone doesn’t have a strong support system so if you see someone struggling (and you are… Read more Asking for help →
“This was a struggle for me but I had to be ready to ask and accept help.” Anonymous post. Thanks for sharing!