Own the Affliction and Set Yourself Free of Your Mental Health Struggles

As a victim of a mental health condition, I have learned the need to develop a proprietary attitude toward an illness. Many times, victims of mental health issues tend to run away from their problems in a bid to stay stigma-free in society. This has constantly led to more ramifications for individuals as they fear owning the afflictions that ensue with their illnesses. In this article, I am explaining to fellow victims how I took authority on my condition with Bipolar Disorder to stay on track with my daily life, particularly for peer-supporting others.  

The process entails self-acceptance procedures that set one free of any fears that result from the stigmatization of mental health victims. For my condition, Bipolar Disorder, the aftermath of a manic or depressive episode is full of awful stories that may be hard to take in. This explains why it is more difficult to deal with the condition.  Besides, the fact that neither of the episodes fades in the victim’s memory tends to weigh more when it comes to owning the afflictions. However, this is the most effective step that has worked for me in managing the condition. With all the odd stories that had transpired, I realized the eminence of living with reality and taking it all upon myself, which forms a significant part of my healing process.

First, it began by actively engaging the closest support system that was in the whole period of the first manic episode. The main reason for this was to get the exact stories and compare them to my version of the experiences, just to ascertain my side of the story. This forms a very delicate process as some may exaggerate their versions while others may hold back due to fear of causing more trouble for the victims. Therefore, it cannot follow immediately since the right support system for assessment takes some time to be identified. One key trait for assessing the right people is by ascertaining their understanding of mental health as a phenomenon. Their understanding does not necessarily need to be distinct, but at least, should possess key know-how of the phenomenon.

Once with the right version of the ordeals, it is easy to beat the stigma since a victim becomes aware of all the stories that may be going around. In regard, one develops the right emotional approach to any nay-say within their environment, hence making them adaptive to the emerging situations that follow after an episode. With a hint of what people hold about themselves, it is easy to predict how society views you as a mental health victim. One factor that should surely keep you moving is the fact that a smaller percentage of contemporary society understands the concept of mental health and so every utterance they make is mostly out of ignorance. This thought weakens the stigmatization that they create on various victims as they only appear as ignorant individuals, hence pitied rather than quarreled.

Taking responsibility for all the pre and post-actions of an episode also entails being open to corrections and adopting the new normal as directed by those who dearly care. For instance, the manic or depressive episodes in Bipolar Disorder come with various reactions that may damage one’s life if not approached rightly. Once a victim of a mental health condition, one should not adopt the lifestyles like those within top positions in tyrannical settings in which leaders break laws and legislate the breach to be the new rules. Mental health victims must be open to correcting their mistakes as pointed out by their support system and revert to the accepted codes of conduct within their settings. This creates a virtual corrective system that keeps them on track even after adverse conditions that may result from different illnesses.

Owning the mess creates the need to maintain a personal conscience and a higher sense of responsibility. Besides, it creates a habit of routinely seeking approval before acting to boost their level of individual responsibility and personal care. By having first-hand experience of their episodes, the victims should stay alert and on check of their actions to avoid a replica of past ordeals for an effective recovery process. This substantiates the reason why staying free from drugs is an absolute necessity in gaining effective healing and recovery process. As usual, drugs change people’s morals unconsciously while mental health victims should strive to constantly stay conscious and responsible to avoid unprecedented triggers of their conditions while owning the mess entails avoiding all possible pitfalls.

On balance, observing effective recovery and healing process starts from owning the afflictions which are marked by having a proprietary mental upset on the victim. Through this, the emotional intelligence of the victim automatically develops to take responsibility for all the surrounding occurrences resulting from a mental health crisis. Just like the intel (electric intelligence) in computers; the body responds to commands from the brain, hence willingly accepting the miseries from a mental health crisis sends a signal to the brain to give the right restorative approaches for different mental illnesses. Therefore, owning the mess is the most appropriate way to set one free of any particular mental health crisis from reoccurrence. One thing; Health is Wealth- stay healthy everywhere.

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Dancan Odingo ([email protected])

Mental Health and Fitness Enthusiast         

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