Can People Recover From Mental Illness?

December 16, 2014 4:34 PM

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In many of my previous blog posts, I've mentioned that I am in recovery from bipolar disorder. While making a statement like this is quite natural to me, it seems to have created some confusion among some of my readers. Questions arise such as, "I thought that mental illness is a chronic condition. How can you say you've recovered?" One reader even told me that I can't possibly be in recovery, that my medications are just masking my symptoms, and that true recovery involves being medication-free.

So I thought that I would use this post to explore recovery from mental illness and what it means to me. When I was first hospitalized in 1996, at age 18, I was overwhelmed by the "prognosis of doom" that I absorbed from my stay. While the doctors were not overtly saying that I would struggle for ye...

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