What’s the hardest part about living with mental illness?

We have long observed how people who do not suffer from mental illness ask and question what it is to experience a disorder and what makes it difficult for those who do have the improvement to be desired.

For that, let’s give three brushstrokes on the difficulties patients face when they have to assume they have a mental illness.

First of all, being aware of a mental illness is a tall order.

At first, when a person suffers from sudden psychological symptoms (common in panic attacks, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or post-traumatic stress), they go through a stage of psychological and emotional shock in which some confusion.

During this time, the person will understand exactly what is happening to them.

Let us not forget that these diseases are not and should not be chronicThere are many treatments that greatly improve the quality of life of people with mental disorders.

Feelings of rejection or social discrimination can also be a major barrier

When I speak of “feeling”, I am not speaking of the person who invents it, but of living it as real, and it is important to listen to it. Obviously, if the rejection is tacit, the complications get much worse.

Anyone with a mental illness deserves support and affection, because the disorders represent hardship and do not make someone worse or better, it is already taken care of by people, not illnesses.

Living with the feeling that you don’t deserve anything better to be who they are

“Because of my nervousness, I’ll never work on what I’m passionate about”, “she left me to isolate myself, I don’t deserve to be loved”, “I don’t think she can do what let it be alive “.

These thoughts appear many times because “who I am” is often confused with “what is happening to me”. I put a lot of emphasis on this topic in the first few sessions because it makes the difference between working to resolve internal issues and coming back to life, or trying to change the person to make things better. If someone tries to change, he will inevitably defend himself, greatly increasing unnecessary suffering.

Bibliographical references:

  • Cabanyes, J., Monge, MA (2010) Mental health and its care.
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  • Public health and health education (2001). “Ottawa Charter”.

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