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Starting Over Again

calmnessWhen you have a mental illness it seems like you are always starting over, both in little and big ways. You start a new medication regime and are forced to deal with all the side effects that come along with it. You get a new therapist or psychiatrist and it is like you have to start from the very beginning all over again. You are released from the hospital into, perhaps, a different living arrangement then before you went in. Your relationships sometimes have to start over too because of episodes you may have had. It can be tough.

But try to look at these situations as opportunities for positive change – maybe the new meds will work wonders, maybe the new psychiatric team will be better than the last. You get it. Try to look at it “glass half full.” I know it is hard. I know.

I am going through a lot of changes right now myself. Soon I will be moving out of state and will need to find a new home, a new therapist, a new psychiatrist, new friends – and recently I’ve started taking a new medication! But instead of trepidation, I am taking each new thing, each new start, as an opportunity for something wonderful to happen.


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Starting Over Again

Elaina J. Martin

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Martin, E. (2016). Starting Over Again. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 20, 2019, from


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