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The Wellness Process Forget About Point A  to  B

Wellness is a process of point A to point B and requiring many turns. Worth repeating:

Wellness is a process of point A to point B requiring many turns.  Something that is not taught. Rather, it’s an individual experience on the road to mental health recovery.  Is medication going to be the cure for mental illness? No, really it’s not a cure.  It’s more of a temporary respite.  For me, it gives me back my life.

While I would like to reduce my medication, there is still a lot to get me from point a (reduction) to point b (staying well off medication).

Remembering years ago, the day of getting my first prescription… Yes, it was naive of me to think taking medication would solve my years of depression overnight. In my experience, it got worse before it got better.  When you’re Walking In The Shoes Of Medication, some hopes and dreams are quickly dashed when we are not cured overnight.  It takes time to come to terms with wellness as a process.

I’ve gone off medication a few times over the years. Once for two years.  That time almost ended my marriage. So that “Point A” line almost led to total crash!  It did end up getting me hospitalized, and many other squiggly lines just like the Mental Health Humor BrainStorming Cartoon.

Depression and Bipolar Have No Linear Lines to Wellness. There are always ups and downs, twists, turns, bends, rectangles, circles, hexagons, with a few triangles and trapezoids here and there.  More common than not are the squares… Make some progress, yet what’s left? but to make some more progress and turn left again, still we make more progress then turn left only to end up where we started… The Recovery Progress  Square.

Recently I was off my meds again, forced off for a few months due to insurance.  The recent withdrawing from psychiatric drugs involved tapering off to stretch them out as long as I could. I felt this would lessen the quick-snap side-effect of coming off them.  Normally, you would taper off one at a time over a period of time…My meds all stopped within the same two weeks.

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TOSS OUT “POINT A” TO “POINT B” – GO WIDE, GO LONG!

  • The are many roads and paths to our recovery destination.
  • Forget about Straight Line or any line  – add up the total distance.
    • The best example of this is my FitBit Serengeti 500 Lifetime Mile badge.   This was accumulative miles over a period of nine months.  
    • This is how I now look at my recovery – as accumulative inches (centimeter), feet (millimeters), yard (meters), miles (kilometers).
  • Even if my path is well traveled, I’m no longer affected by the dreaded cursed “feeling of starting all over again”  TOTAL DISTANCE helps to remind me of my hard work.

Being medicated is not a cure-all, it will not take away bipolar or depression or stop panic attacks completely forever.   The truth is some meds will work for some peers some of the time and others peers that can’t take any their body is resistant.  Some peers can quit cold turkey, and others taper off meds only to relapse 100x worse.  NO TWO PEER’S BODY CHEMISTRY OR MAKE IS THE SAME, these are drugs, hard mind-altering and mood-altering drugs.  STUFF HAPPENS.  And when it does, it’s going to hit the fan hard.Even at these moments, the ($#!%) Hits the Fan of Recovery all exits under construction – I try to keep moving forward or back.  By just keep moving I will stay the course – count my small victories – inch-by-inch.

My key is to keep moving, in my head, in my heart, in my hope.  Some of the hardest things I’ve done since, at times, it seems no one cares or sees the real pain.  But when I keep moving through the day – It gives me HOPE.

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Stewart, Chato. (2018). Tactless People. Psych Central. Retrieved on Sept 27, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor/2018/09/wellness-processes/

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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. (2018). The Wellness Process Forget About Point A  to  B. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 12, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor/2018/09/wellness-processes/

 

Last updated: 27 Sep 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 27 Sep 2018
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