You are not Depressed Debbie. You are not “a bipolar woman” or “a schizophrenic man.” You are a wonderful, talented, unique person with gifts and talents to bless the world with. You may have red hair, blue eyes, be allergic to bananas and have bipolar disorder. You may be a person who loves to paint and who suffers from depression. Who are you?
Your mental illness is one aspect of your life. It does not DEFINE you. Do not let it. It also does not make you defective, less than, damaged, or inadequate. You deserve love, just like anyone else. You deserve success and happiness. You might be different, but different does not mean broken.
You may feel like you are cursed, but often times in life our curses are also our gifts. Do you ever think if you didn’t have your illness you might not also have the capacity for compassion, strength, wisdom and the gifts of creativity that you do? So many brilliant artists, musicians, writers, presidents, physicists, leaders etc have suffered from mental illness. Where would we be without their contributions to society? Without their art, love, depth, vision and bravery? Would you magically get rid of your mental illness or do you think the other side of the illness is gifts and talents? It’s taken me a long time to say this- but I don’t think I would. What are your dreams and goals?
I believe you are not your illness. I also believe you are not your thoughts. I believe you are so much more. What do you believe?
I do think getting a proper diagnosis and treatment are essential to healing and success. It helps you understand your condition, learn ways to cope, know you’re not alone, and understand that this isn’t a personality flaw or a will power issue- it’s a real disease. That being said, I believe the diagnosis is one aspect of you and you are SO MUCH MORE!
So much love and so many blessings!