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

As someone who has experienced a mental health condition, I have learned the importance of developing a proactive attitude towards one’s illness. Often, individuals dealing with mental health issues tend to avoid confronting their problems in an attempt to avoid societal stigma. This avoidance can lead to further complications as they fear acknowledging the challenges that come with their conditions. In this article, I aim to explain to fellow sufferers how I took control of my life while living with Bipolar Disorder, especially in providing peer support to others.

The process involves self-acceptance procedures that can liberate one from the fears associated with the stigmatization of mental health sufferers. In the case of Bipolar Disorder, the aftermath of a manic or depressive episode often yields distressing stories that are difficult to come to terms with. This is why dealing with the condition can be particularly challenging. Furthermore, the fact that these episodes remain vivid in the sufferer’s memory adds to the weight of owning their afflictions. However, this step has proven to be the most effective approach for me in managing my condition. Despite the unusual stories that have unfolded, I realized the significance of living in reality and taking full responsibility, which is a crucial part of the healing process.

It all began by actively involving my closest support system during the initial manic episode. The main purpose was to collect accurate accounts and compare them with my own experiences, thereby understanding my perspective. This process is delicate, as some may exaggerate their versions while others may hold back due to concerns about causing further distress to the sufferers. Consequently, identifying the right support system for assessment takes time. An essential criterion in selecting the right people is their understanding of mental health as a phenomenon. They do not need to possess extensive knowledge, but they should have a basic understanding of the concept.

With the right understanding of the ordeals, it becomes easier to combat stigma, as the victim becomes aware of the stories circulating about them. This enables the development of a healthy emotional response to any negativity within their environment, making them adaptable to the challenges that follow after an episode. With an understanding of how society views mental health victims, it is important to remember that a small percentage of the population comprehends the concept of mental health. Therefore, the remarks they make are often rooted in ignorance. This realization weakens the stigmatization, portraying them as uninformed individuals who should be pitied rather than criticized.

Taking responsibility for all the actions before and after an episode also involves being open to corrections and embracing a new normal as suggested by those who genuinely care. For instance, manic or depressive episodes in Bipolar Disorder can lead to various behaviors that may have adverse consequences if not handled appropriately. As someone with a mental health condition, one should avoid adopting a lifestyle reminiscent of those in positions of power in authoritarian settings where leaders disregard laws and promote rule-breaking. Mental health sufferers must be open to rectifying their mistakes as pointed out by their support system and adhere to the accepted codes of conduct in their environment. This establishes a virtual correction system that keeps them on track, even after adverse conditions that may result from different illnesses.

Taking ownership of the situation instills the need for maintaining a personal conscience and a heightened sense of responsibility. It encourages the habit of seeking approval before taking action to enhance individual responsibility and self-care. Having firsthand experience of their episodes, sufferers should remain vigilant and monitor their actions to prevent a recurrence of past difficulties as part of an effective recovery process. This underscores the importance of staying clear of drugs, as substances can unconsciously alter one’s moral compass, while individuals with mental health conditions should strive to maintain awareness and responsibility to avoid unforeseen triggers for their conditions. Owning their situation also involves avoiding potential pitfalls.

In conclusion, achieving an effective recovery and healing process begins with acknowledging the afflictions and taking proactive control of one’s mental health. Just as a computer’s hardware responds to commands from the brain, a willingness to confront the challenges of a mental health crisis sends a signal to the brain to initiate the appropriate restorative approaches for different mental illnesses. Therefore, taking ownership of the situation is the most effective way to prevent a recurrence of mental health crises. Remember, health is wealth; strive to maintain your well-being at all times.

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Dancan Odingo ([email protected])

Mental Health and Fitness Enthusiast         

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