Why is Recovery so Hard (from a mental illness)?


As I’ve mentioned before, recovery is often times looked at like taking your car into the shop; you bring it in, the problem is determined, the mechanics work on your car to fix the problem, and away you go. This is the biggest misconception while beginning recovery – which you’ll be fixed after a bit of treatment and once you’re feeling better you’ll be good as new.  This is not the case.

Recovery never gets a day off – whether your tools are used consciously or subconsciously. Mental illness is a lifelong illness, so there will be times when you start to feel the symptoms of your illness. This is where all the tools and resources you discover (and that are effective) during your recovery should be put into your toolbox for future use.

Sometimes we find tools that don’t suit us or that we don’t like, and that’s okay. That’s the important part about recovery – it’s a trial and error/ experimental like journey. You test out different tools and resources that can help you through your difficulties and see which ones work best for you. The goal is to find the combination of treatment options that work best for you.

As you continue your journey in life it’s important to have these tools available when needed, as it is unpredictable (at times) when you’ll need them. We are always working on ourselves, bettering ourselves and improving ourselves. I think it’s important to note that no matter how much better you think you can do, always make sure you credit yourself for what you’ve already accomplished – even if it’s the smallest thing.

AlexAlex Newton is a nursing student and mental health advocate. She grew up in a small town and plans on moving to London, England one day and open up her own health practice. She has a cat named Maya who she adopted whilst going through some difficulties. She’s a daughter, sister, and warrior who enjoys a nice cuppa tea.

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One thought on “Why is Recovery so Hard (from a mental illness)?

  1. This is such an important concept. I went to the hospital the second time angry saying, “I want it fixed.” You don’t fix something like mental illness. You work on it every day.

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