By DS Black
Dealing with mental health problems, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia is never fun or easy. It’s a life time struggle, and unless properly dealt with, it can end tragically. Going to see a psychiatrist is the first step to controlling any mental health issue. Never try to deal with it alone. With that said, there are a few things you can do to help yourself.
Accept Your Condition
Taking responsibility for your condition is a huge first step. Accepting the fact you have a serious mental condition isn’t fun, but it’s a must. It’s also a great way to take some pressure off. In other words, once you’ve accepted the problem, you can map out a logical action plan. You can’t fix a problem if you’re not willing to stare it the eye!
Friends, family, and support groups are a valuable resource. Unfortunately, many people suffering from mental health problems have a hard time opening up to those around them. They push people away, and lose themselves in a lonely and sad bubble. It’s hard, but you must make yourself find people willing to help. You might be surprised how much better you’ll feel after talking to a group of strangers. Knowing they suffer from the same issues, makes disclosure much easier.
Keep a Journal
Journaling may sound cliché, but it works. Writing your thoughts out helps relieve stress, anxiety, and allows you to keep track of mood shifts. It also helps you learn about your condition. You’ll begin to notice behavior patterns not noticed before. You’ll discover what triggers outbursts, and depression; and you’ll be able to avoid those situations from that moment forward.
Read Mental Health Memoirs
Reading about how others have lived and dealt with their mental health issues will give you some insight into your own life. Mental health memoirs give you a sense of belonging. It’s always a great feeling to know you’re not alone.
The Bottom Line
Getting a grip on your mental illness is nonnegotiable. It’s a do or die situation. Seek a doctor experienced with your particular disorder—rather its bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, clinical depression, or something else. You only live once, so step up to the plate, stare down your mental demons, and take life by the horns.