Ian Fullbrook paints an accurate and vivid description of what it’s like to live with and work through mental illness. I was especially struck by her comment about having to convince people you are in fact suffering from mental illness. Ronnie Schwartz’s art is beautiful and shows not only how uneven the path to recovery is, but it also shows the many steps we must take to reach the other side. Readers, I hope this gives you hope.
Dealing with a mental illness is like climbing the rungs of a ladder. You look up at the ladder, thinking there’s no end to it. In the early stages of diagnosis, you are in despair and think how difficult it is to get on that first rung of recovery. But it can be done, no one says it’s easy, and there will be times when you slip back down, but hopefully it’s temporarily.
Like Sir Edmund Hilary climbing Everest, every expedition can be done, and every ladder and mountain climbed. There are several steps to be undertaken of course, like first of all seeking that help to get onto that first rung. The help of doctors, family, friends, mental health services, the overcoming of that denial that “I’m fine – there’s nothing wrong with me – I’ll get over it”. Also, you have to convince others that there’s something wrong. You…
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