Living with mental illness

Feb 8, 2019

Living with mental illness

Living with mental illness is like walking on a thin line.
Everything has to be considered and measured meticulously so the person doesn’t fall off from the rope.
Living a normal life is a luxury.
Self-care and relapse prevention have to come first, and many plans and goals become off the picture permanently.
The tricky thing is,
the person feels handicapped for real, but
mental illness is invisible and a lot harder for one to grasp, let alone prove to another person.

When mental relapse is triggered,
the person is thrown into a scary and unfamiliar world.
Sometimes people seem to do everything to solve the problem, but they still helplessly hurt themselves more and more.
Clinical symptoms like hearing voices, paranoia and personality disorder seem so far away, but people who suffer from them can stand next to us, but our worlds seem disconnected.

We lead a world ignorant and intolerant of mental illness.
We claim to help and be supportive,
but we seldom stop to listen to their stories.
We claim to integrate people into our circles,
but the claiming is full of words and nothing of actions.

In fact, we all relate to one another as we hope to be recognized, acknowledged and cared for.
If we take a step forward,
we will find people who do the same.
May we take more notice to mental health and people who suffer from mental health difficulties.

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