There’s a lot of publicity surrounding mental health awareness, and the mission to bring the general public to a better understanding of mental illness grows stronger every day. The fact is that mental illness sucks, but it’s not all doom and gloom. Here’s a few things that make it a little better for me each day (unfortunately they are in no way a reward for the struggles we face).
Depression has taught me empathy.
I am highly creative when manic.
My productivity and output at work benefits from hypomania.
Understanding delusional beliefs gives me insight into my own psyche.
I have a passion to make the world a better place.
My supporters have shown me true love (parental, societal and romantic).
I can relate to my father in a real way by understanding what it means to be depressed.
Writing is my outlet and I’ve been getting better at it.
Therapy has given me great skills and taught me how to be kind to myself.
I learn a lot about anger and sadness through my ‘alter’ – I am able to observe her pain and talk to Her about it. (Still not comfortable calling Her an alter, but I guess it’s as good a word as any!)
I get to see the world as a vibrant and exciting place.
When depression lifts I get to feel pleasure in things in a meaningful way.
What are the benefits you see in your mental illness? I think it’s harder to see the ‘good’ in relentless depression than it is to see it in bipolar disorder. And I’ve not got personal experience of any personality disorder, so I’m definitely not qualified to comment there!