Mental illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt a person's thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.
Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder. The good news about mental illness is that recovery is possible.
Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion, or income. Mental illnesses are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Mental illnesses are treatable. Most people diagnosed with a serious mental illness can experience relief from their symptoms by actively participating in an individual treatment plan.
In addition to medication treatment, psychosocial treatment such as cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, peer support groups and other community services can also be components of a treatment plan and that assist with recovery. The availability of transportation, diet, exercise, sleep, friends and meaningful paid or volunteer activities contribute to overall health and wellness, including mental illness recovery.*
I had quite a bit to drink tonight, but in my defense, I also had kind of a shitty week so that's what I'm using for justification. I came home to find my PURPLE PURSE sitting on our coffee table, and there's a story behind it which I would like to share with my audience, so I'll save it for tomorrow as I am in no shape to share it now.
I went out with a couple great ladies tonight, and had a very good time. Blowing off steam via drinking at several clubs is underrated. Plus, single friends are great. I definitely had some self-esteem issues tonight which I will most definitely be writing about soon, but all in all, I have to count myself lucky.
*"NAMI | About Mental Illness." NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness - Mental Health Support, Education and Advocacy. Web. 23 Oct. 2010. <http://www.nami.org/template.cfm?section=About_Mental_Illness>.