Giving Up When You Have A Mental Illness

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Giving Up When You Have A Mental Illness

Let's face it. When you are living with a serious mental illness such as major depression, bipolar disorder, an anxiety disorder, eating disorders, or schizophrenia, you're frequently in a battle to either maintain your sanity or keep from losing it. Living with a mental illness is tiring and that's why many people give up trying to recover.

I came across an interesting study on people recovering from recurrent mental health problems. People were essentially divided into two categories; giving up and fighting to get better. Those who gave up traced it back to the first time they were told by a doctor that they had to have mental health treatment, including psychiatric medications, for the rest of their lives. Those classified as fighters "started with finding one’s own motivation for recovery, and learning new ways of coping with the negative emotions. It was an on-going, day-to-day process which required a lot of energy and effort. Participants felt that it was crucial to have something or somebody in life to fight for."

"Not to give up, to fight, I mean every day you have to fight, you’re fighting one thing or another but if you lose the battle, depression can take over your life. It can totally ruin you, if you let it, but find something in your life that you want to fight for, and it helps a great deal. I fought for my children, my grandchildren really." ~ Study Participant

hen you are living with a serious mental illness such as major depression, bipolar disorder, an anxiety disorder, eating disorders, or schizophrenia, you're frequently in a battle to either maintain your sanity or keep from losing it.Fighting for your life takes substantial effort. As the study stated, starting such a fight requires strong self-sustained motivation. Have you thought about your motivation for saving your mental health and life?

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From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

The Dissociative Living blog, focusing on Dissociative Identity Disorder and other issues involving dissociation and the people affected by it, is back. A year ago, writer Holly Gray said goodbye to the blog. She was just plain stressed out. Today, we welcome her back to the Dissociative Living blog, a blog she built into one of the most trusted blogs on the topic of dissociation.

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Suicide in My Family on HealthyPlace TV

Depression and bipolar disorder run through families and research indicates there may be a genetic basis to suicide. Our guest, Heather McCready, diagnosed with bipolar disorder and depression, talks about her suicide attempts and the suicides of other family members.

Coaching A.I.Q. “Asperger-I.Q.” To Family Of Asperger Syndrome Members

One parent writes the Parent Coach, Dr. Steven Richfield, asking for ideas on "how to help our family cope with a family member who has Aspergers Syndrome". Here's his response.

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APA Reference
Staff, H. (2012, July 6). Giving Up When You Have A Mental Illness, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, May 23 from

Last Updated: October 9, 2017

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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