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Being Responsible For Yourself

welliesI remember the first time I came home from the psych ward. I was tended to. I was doled out medication by my mother. She made sure I made my appointments, coffee in hand. I had food to eat and a bed to lay in and I didn’t have to pay for it because I was family.

It was nearly 2 years later that I stepped out on my own again. I entered graduate school in Wilmington, North Carolina and got a 2 bedroom apartment on the top floor of a three story walk-up (I didn’t want to hear people walking above me). Just me and my dog.

I had to learn how to budget money because student loans only take you so far. I went to the grocery store alone and picked out what I needed. I found a therapist and religiously kept our appointments. I took my medication as prescribed. I got enough sleep. I took my dog for walks. I was responsible.

It can be VERY hard to go out on your own after a hospitalization or treatment or someone’s home environment. You get used to everyone else taking care of things for you. But on your own, it is just you. You are responsible for yourself.

It is so important that your take your health seriously. Don’t skip pills here and there. Don’t stay up all night for 3 days in a row. Don’t isolate yourself – get out there. Go to a coffee shop and don’t leave until your cup is empty. Get together with friends, even if it is for a Redbox movie and microwave popcorn. đŸ™‚

Most importantly make and keep your appointments. No one is going to coddle you into doing so. It is up to you. This is your health, your life, we are talking about. Step up and take responsibility.


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Being Responsible For Yourself

Elaina J. Martin

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Martin, E. (2016). Being Responsible For Yourself. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 28, 2020, from


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