The Path to Wellness is Not Meant to be a Solitary Journey. Information, Inspiration, Encouragement, & Hope found here.
Mental-Illness-Resources.com exists to provide information, encouragement, help and resources to anyone who would like to know more about mental illness.
According to the NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) website, one in
adults with face a mental illness annually.
If you are an individual with a mental illness, building the right support network is very important.
If you think you might have a psychiatric condition, call your local mental health center. This is probably the first step toward building that important support system. The mental health system in the US is not perfect, but we have come a long way from those early years.
Unfortunately, your first experience with the mental health system may be an involuntary hospitalization. This can be a very traumatic event. Usually the police and the legal system are involved. My first hospitalization was involuntary and it was scary and confusing.
In these cases, an attorney is appointed to you (if you desire one). The judge reviews the case and makes a ruling. At this hearing, the judge will decide to whether to commit you and also will decide the conditions of your discharge from the hospital. Many times this includes a requirement for you to adhere to a treatment plan and keep outpatient psychiatrist and psychotherapy appointments for a certain length of time.
New consumers of mental health services often face a season of trial and error in their treatment. In the early stages of treatment, relapses, re-hospitalizations, and medication changes are common.
If you happen to be going through this stage, my admonishment to you is to not give up hope. You might get a little worse before you start feeling a little improvement. Hang in there and be honest with your treatment team about your thoughts and feelings.
In most cases, your illness didn’t manifest overnight. Often it has developed over time. In the same way, your expectations about recovery need to be realistic.
While medication may be an important component of your treatment, you can’t just take a pill and expect your condition to be cured. Recovery involves much, much more than that.
For me, recovery is a constant process. The path to wellness is an ongoing, active journey, not a destination.
It is my goal for this website to be a source of inspiration, encouragement and most importantly, hope to visitors.
Many times in my own struggle with mental illness, I have wished someone could have “mentored” me. But that didn't happen. Many times people struggle alone. That feeling of isolation-that feeling that no one else has ever struggled with what you struggle with-can be quite devastating.
The truth is this:
Now, more people than ever are diagnosed with mental illness.
Mental illness is usually always treatable.
You don’t have to go through it alone.
Having a mental illness doesn’t mean you have done something wrong or that you are a “bad person”
Successful self-care includes having a repertoire of learnable skills, such as:
Thank you for visiting today. My vision is for this website to become a thriving community of people at all different stages of recovery who have a desire to contribute and mentor others so that no one else has to feel like they are alone in their illness.
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