2 thoughts on “What I Would Tell My Younger Self About Mental Illness

  • May 24, 2018 at 2:29 am

    Dan, have you ever read anything by (or heard of) Pat Capponi? She has a mental illness, struggled with it for years, became an advocate for others who have mental illness, is a great writer and is often referred to as a “psychiatric survivor.” She has written two books (maybe more?) called “Upstairs In The Crazy House” and “Beyond The Crazy House.” Your way with words but especially your honesty about your own struggles and strengths remind me of her.
    I think I would tell my younger self some of the same things you would — including the part about nothing is worth taking your life! I would add that pain is inevitable (everyone has some) but suffering is optional.
    I would tell my younger self what abuse is and inform her that NO ONE deserves it and that help is out there so don’t wait years to get it because healing will become more complicated. I would tell her that she needs to embrace life rather than be afraid of it or give up so much to take care of the adults who SHOULD be able to take care of themselves! I know I would teach her that it is okay to set boundaries. She should know that feelings aren’t facts and that if you just take some deep breaths and wait a bit, the uncomfortable or painful feelings will likely pass.
    Finally, I’d tell her she is worthy, strong and that she can create a good life for herself!
    Thanks Dan, for encouraging that line of thought and sharing the web site with us!

    • May 26, 2018 at 8:38 am

      Hello Ms. Rabbit!
      I haven’t heard of Pat Capponi but I’ll be sure to give her a google and see what I find. I really appreciate your thoughts-always. You are so encouraging and kind. Also, I think what you would say to younger self is spot on to let her know that NO ONE deserves abuse, that help is out there, that it’s important to embrace life. I also can relate to giving up parts of life to take care of adults who should be able to care for themselves. I am in the situation now, sadly but I’m finding strength in the process. I hope and pray that you felt encouraged and thank you once again for taking time to respond. You’re the best! Have a wonderful day!


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