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Acute Angles Of Mental Illness – How Do They Measure Up?

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Caption: A Cute Angle (acute angle)

Acute Angles Of Mental Illness – How Do They Measure Up?

The one thing you learn quickly about your diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Schizophrenia, Borderline Personality Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or any other number of Mood Disorders and Mental Illnesses is that recovery is full of angles. The twists and turns of our moods and emotions can be measured with an acute angle or a measuring stick. They can be sharp as an angle or sometimes smooth as a line. Acute angles of mental illness, how do they measure up? Let’s talk about what we can do if these angles trigger our symptoms.

What worries me most is that you never know when a twist or turn may happen.  Not unless we are familiar with our diagnosis and most importantly our triggers.  For me, I am a firm believer in putting the consumer first and I am a firm believer that my first action for me is to be compliant with my medication regimen.  Notice that I said “for me,” because what is good for me, may not be good for you.  How would one know or even begin to understand their diagnosis? First thing that is needed is self -examination.  We can do this by truly looking at ourselves and being honest with ourselves as to where our angles or triggers occur.

I have found it very useful and self-fulfilling to do the Wrap program:

WRAP® –Wellness Recovery Action Plan is a structured plan developed by YOU. It is a system that you devise for yourself that helps you work through mental health challenges or life issues. It is adaptable to any situation.

Many of you may know that the founder of the wellness recovery action plan is Mary Ellen Copeland, PhD.  She is an author, educator, and mental health advocate. I had the privilege of meeting her at the Alternatives 2011 Mental Health Conference in Orlando.  She has without a doubt not only dealt with acute angles but turned them into cute Angels!

Copeland’s work is based on the study of the day-to-day coping and wellness strategies of people who have experienced mental health challenges. It centers on self-help, recovery, and long-term stability. Personally, Copeland has experienced years of mental health challenges and has achieved long-term wellness and stability using these strategies.

I would like to invite everyone reading to a free webinar tomorrow, November 10, see information below.

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Carol Bailey Floyd is presenting a FREE webinar on the popular WRAP P.A.L.S.
Carol is the Director of Programs for Mental Health Recovery and WRAP, a seasoned facilitator and a genuine WRAP® enthusiast!

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Acute Angles Of Mental Illness – How Do They Measure Up?

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). [email protected]

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Stewart, C. (2011). Acute Angles Of Mental Illness – How Do They Measure Up?. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 14, 2020, from


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