What it is like to come to terms with having a mental illness.
After my diagnosis of bipolar disorder, it took me many years before I fully accepted I had this life-changing mental illness.
The first step in any recovery is acceptance. I realized I had to accept the truth of the reality of my illness before I could be ready to seek the necessary treatments to start the recovery process. I had to be ready to fight and heal my pain and internal mental scars.
I wish my acceptance of bipolar disorder would have been automatic and not taken so many years because then I think my life could have improved sooner.
To begin to accept my bipolar disorder I had to go through a grieving process, which took me a long time. It was a painful process and journey for me.
1. Denial – I do not have bipolar disorder. I do not have a mental illness. You are wrong. I do not want this. I can…
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