Know that you are fighting for you!

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This guest post comes courtesy of Morgan, who writes about her triumphs and struggles in her day to day life with mental illness.

She describes herself as: I’m a salty soul, happy anywhere I can see the ocean. I enjoy traveling, fitness, daydreaming, good food, and positive people. Sunflowers are my favourite flower, peanut butter is my favourite treat and I have the cutest pup on this planet.

Thank you Morgan for your inspirational and encouraging posts that I’m sure so many as much as they inspire me!


your-illness-does-not-define-you-177x300 Know that you are fighting for you!When my therapist asked me how I was doing today, he opened my eyes to a whole new perspective on mental illness. I told him that I still felt like I wasn’t in control of myself, unsure of what is me and what is my illness. What he said really made an impression on me.

Well it is all you. Your illness did not change who you are. What changed in you is the chemicals in your brain, not you. Your mood is not you.”

I fell silent for a few moments thinking about this… He went on to explain this to me with an analogy. A mental illness is in your brain, and your brain is a part of your body. A torn ACL is in your knee, and your knee is a part of your body. They are both physical limitations.

When a football player blows out their knee, they can’t play in the game, they have to let it heal, go through physical therapy and work through their limitations to get back in the game.

Mental illness is the same. You have to know what you are fighting against, not yourself, your youre-still-you-fight-for-you-300x300 Know that you are fighting for you!brain. Don’t surrender to it.

It is a physical limitation just like a blown out knee, it is repairable with the right care. Just like a
football player has to heal and go through physical therapy to get back in the game, you have to engage in positive thinking and positive behavior in order to balance the negative moods created by these chemicals in your brain.

He asked me what I thought and I fell silent again… I had never seen it this way. When I got sick, it was my brain which is a physical limitation, not my mind which is the essence of me. He left me to think about this until I saw him again. I’ve been thinking about it a lot since this morning. I have never had mental illness explained to me in this way before.

Your illness does not define you. Your strength and courage does.

I have a much deeper understanding of this quote now. It isn’t just about not letting society put ayou-are-not-your-illness-pinterest-fight-for-you Know that you are fighting for you!
label on you because of your illness. It is about realizing that your illness is not you, it is not a weakness or character flaw. It’s your brain.

It’s not your fault or your choice, just like other physical illnesses or limitations. It takes strength and courage to endure and recover.

I wanted to share this because I know that sometimes in the midst of a mental illness you feel like you lost yourself. You wonder what is wrong with you and what you are supposed to do to make things better.

Well, there is nothing wrong with you, or me, or anyone else with a mental illness. It is a physical limitation no different than a blown out knee or a broken arm. You are repairable, do not surrender.

The essence of you hasn’t changed, you just have to work really hard to balance the negative moods created by the chemicals in your brain.

-Morgan

 

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Blogger-Podcaster-Advocate for Mental Health.

Matt is survivor of childhood sexual abuse & narcissistic abuse, living with Dissociation, Anxiety, & PTSD.

This blog exists to inspire all who have survived the trauma of abuse. All posts, podcasts, and videos are my life as a survivor shared openly and honestly to help inspire as many as possible to speak up, speak out, and not be ashamed.

One Response to " Know that you are fighting for you! "

  1. Charlie says:

    Thank you Morgan for writing such a wonderful blog piece. I’ll admit this made me a bit weepy as it hit close to home. Living with mental illness is something I’ve been trying to understand for a long time. Seeing my therapist has helped a great bit. I will definitely be referring to this post when i get down on myself.

    Thank you Matt for this guest blogger.

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