Learning To Trust Yourself When You Live With Mental Illness

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Learning To Trust Yourself When You Live With Mental Illness

Learning To Trust Yourself When You Live With Mental Illness

Mental illness wreaks havoc with thoughts, emotions, and behavior. In doing so, mental illness makes it hard for people to trust what's going on inside of them.
In many types of mental illness and personality disorders, thoughts race relentlessly, often with self-doubt and harsh self-criticism (Mental Illness Can Overstimulate Your Brain). Feelings join the tumultuous ride, and commonly they're out of proportion to thoughts and events, either too intense or almost nothing. Are our racing thoughts believable? What about our feelings? Can we trust them enough to act on them? Can we trust our own judgement and intuition? (Bipolar Disorder - Can You Trust What You Feel?) These unrelenting thoughts and feelings can be exhausting.

Learning to trust yourself—your thoughts and your feelings and the correctness of your behaviors—is an important step in becoming mentally healthy and experiencing wellbeing.

  • Learn to pause, to notice thoughts and feelings without judgement.
  • Just be. Don't follow the racing thoughts and wild emotions. Wait to act.
  • Consider what you'd like to do or think or feel, and do it with confidence.
  • When doubts creep in, pause again, and then replace those doubts with truths.

Learning to trust yourself when you live with mental illness is a process. It's a process that moves ever forward and systematically quells self-doubt.

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Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

  1. Tips on Coping with Anxiety and Bipolar Disorder
  2. Depression and Motivation
  3. How to Deal With Mental Health Stigma

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From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

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Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.


Stand Up for Mental Health

Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign

But we still need you. Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trichotillomania, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.

Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.


Latest Mental Health News

These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:

  • Chronic Stress Creates A Triple Whammy That Makes Losing Weight Practically Impossible
  • Research Confirms Racial Inequities In Mental Health Treatments
  • Transgender Veterans Diagnosed With Significantly More Mental And Medical Health Disorders
  • Low Oxygen Levels Soon After Birth May Raise Risk For Learning And Behavioral Disorders
  • Reducing Sugar In Sweetened Drinks By 40% Could Prevent 1.5 Million Cases Of Overweight And Obesity
  • Study Finds Cerebrovascular Disease To Be Major Determinant Of Psychosis In Patients With Alzheimer's
  • Older Age At Menopause Was Associated With A Lower Risk Of Depression For Women In Later Life

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2016, January 20). Learning To Trust Yourself When You Live With Mental Illness, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 13 from

Last Updated: January 20, 2016

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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