- May 20, 2019
That is a wonderful story and well done you for your strength and tenacity. You should feel very proud of yourself!Great idea!
I am not diagnosed with anything but here is my career history in a nutshell.
Disengaged with school and left before the legal age due to untreated MH issues.
Did a variety of entry level manual jobs for many years, could only work for a few months at a time, then breakdown, then back to work 6 months or so later. Not recognising I was ill, continually trying to 'pull myself togther' and beating myself up.
Discovered exposure therapy and later CBT through self help books. Night school followed. MH meant I couldn't keep going on first try, tried again a long time later once I had regrouped. Depression deepened for a long time. Stopped studying after the first set of quals achieved.
During and following counselling / therapy and lots of self help and effort, I changed direction and was able to build a career. Often two steps forward and one step back but I keep plugging away and am now a qualified and experienced professional in a very responsible role.
I'm not suggesting it was easy, the above took place over many years of forward and backward steps. I'm not suggesting it is doable for everyone, I put so much effort into the above but luck is always the key ingredient.
What I am trying to say is that not giving up, keeping on trying, keeping on developing, can give the lie to any label you have been given or give yourself.
Part of MH issues is having your brain lie to you, tell you that you are at fault, that nothing will ever change.
Believe in yourself, you are capable of so much more than you think. Believe in life and other people, this world has the ability to surprise you in the most wonderful ways.
Wow! I think I am talking myself into giving life another go! Thanks Girl Interrupted, feeling better than I have in a long while.
Like you, I am very much into self help. I think a major thing in the battle to recover, as well as the above, is INTENT. The intent to get better is very powerful if you can find the strength within you.