pathcrpdWhen you have a mental illness, you will always have a different path in life.  And it’s your path.  You define it, you determine it, and you rest in it.  You might make impulsive decisions, think outside the box, seem like you are banging your head against the wall to let your voice be heard, but, at what point do your decisions hinder your ability to survive, to live free without ongoing challenges.

Assuming you know that you will never fit in with the masses, you will find yourself at a point where you question yourself:

  • Am I the problem?
  • Are my convictions ridiculous?
  • Is my right to be heard and fight the system going to continue to bring me down?
  • Are they right, and I’m crazy?

At what point do we take a step back and look at our situations in life and begin to wonder, am I the problem?

Whether it’s your relationship, or your job situation, or whatever challenges you are currently facing, we all have a choice on how we proceed, but, sometimes with mental illness, it can stand in the way of having a smooth ride through life.

You never want to come to a point where you sacrifice your integrity, your beliefs, and your truth to suite the masses but, how do we know if the problem is you?

When the line gets blurred we lose our ability to know the difference between wrong and right. We lose the clarity to know what might be best for us, and our mental health.

So, how do we navigate our way in a world that doesn’t fit the conditions of the mentally ill?

I don’t know. Maybe you can tell me.  Help.

Erica

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    Last reviewed: 10 Apr 2013

APA Reference
Loberg, E. (2013). AM I THE PROBLEM? – When Your Mental Illness Questions You. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 30, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/manic-depression/2013/04/09/am-i-the-problem-when-your-mental-illness-questions-you/

 

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