Living With Mental Illness Like There’s No Tomorrow
Who cares what people think of your mental illness. If they have that much time to ponder on why you’re suffering from X, Y and Z symptoms, then they probably do not have anything better to do with their life. On the other hand, you’re living it up like there’s no tomorrow, because you can care less what others think about you. You’re mentally ill, so what?
Mental illness is not something to be ashamed of. The brain goes haywire sometimes, just as our organs can unpredictably malfunction. But life goes on and the beautiful thing about mental illness is that it’s not life threatening, as long as you are medicated or seeking some form of behavioral or talk therapy.
You can maintain a normal and even exciting life with a mental illness; depending on the severity that is, and whether it’s controlled. But even when it’s not fully controlled, people are still able to maintain normal lives. For instance, someone who suffers from panic attacks can still lead a normal life, even if some panic attacks occasionally sneak into the picture.
No one can have a perfect life. One person might suffer from occasional panic attacks while somebody else suffers from inconsistent glucose levels, requiring insulin adjustments. And people with no mental health diagnosis or physical disorders may be unhappy or suffering from fluctuating emotions. Everyone is dealing with something.
Living with mental illness like there’s no tomorrow does not mean that you shouldn’t take the consequences of your actions into consideration. Mental illness or not, your actions should always be accountable; you should always keep in mind the consequences that follow your behavior.
But never allow your mental illness to prevent you from living a productive life full of happiness, positive energy and the belief of achieving your dreams. We can all lead awesome lives, whether suffering from a mental illness or not.
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