The holidays can be extra difficult for folk living with mental illness. And, yes, mental illness is a real illness. Most everyone knows someone dealing with it in a very real way everyday. So, let’s attempt to raise our awareness to the subtleties of mental illness and attempt to “be there” for our friends, family, and neighbors. Here’s a great article to help us get started!
After an accident onboard a Navy ship, I had major, extensive surgery by a neurosurgeon to remove a tumor from my spinal cord. The tumor tethered my spinal cord and placed pressure on my brainstem. After the nine hours of surgery I experienced serious complications that continued for years. Predictably, I developed chronic depression that required professional, long-term treatment. Over time, I, like most people living with chronic depression, learned to wear a mask in order to go about life during the tough days. The author of the article describes many of my life experiences as I work to maintain wellness.
It’s a great article. Click on the link:
DBSA Jackson provides a weekly support group meeting for people living with mood disorders. The group facilitators are volunteers with problems of their own. For the past 15 years, these facilitators have proven themselves to be among the "strongest people".
I AM strong . . . but
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