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Everyone Is Different




Mental illness is a terrible disease.  It affects the lives of those with depression, bi polar disorder, OCD, and more in a profound way.
But their are lots of ways to overcome this illness.  For example, their are hundreds of different forms of psychotherapy, anywhere from Freudian psychoanalysis to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
And many find meditating to be a helpful coping skill.  Others find group therapy to more effective than individual therapy.  Some people find hypnosis to be useful.  These are just a few examples of the many tools folks with mental illness use to cope.
However, if you have mental illness and have found ways that helps you overcome it, and you want to help others do the same, you have to realize that while it can work for many others, what helps you isn't going to help everyone else.
For example, some people often find it therapeutic to express how they feel to their therapist without getting advice back in return.  But not everyone does.
Also, if you find something doesn't work for you, it doesn't mean that it won't work for many others.  For example, if you don't find listening to soft music to be something that calms you down, it doesn't mean that it wouldn't work for the next person.
In other words, everyone is different.  That's why I don't think they'll ever be a form of therapy that will work for everyone (and I don't think they'll ever be a form of psychiatric medication that will work for everyone either).  You must realize this when you're trying to help others with mental illness.


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More generally, what works for you doesn't necessarily work for others (while others are not necessarily humans).

Also, what worked for you won't necessarily work for you again.

How personaly involved with that blogpost are you?

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I can't agree with this statement. I've been in SCIP at my local hospital twice and they were terrible. The so called "patient advocate" was employed by the contractor brought in by the group contracted for SCIP, not the hospital and not an outside party.  as well, I was threatened by a male security guard with being stripped and redressed in their paper clothes becsuse I objected to them basrd on my eczema and allergy to a chemical in the paper. Being a survivor of both rape and abuse, this set me off into a PTSD condition I can't even begin to deal with.

Getting help is great. As long as it's actually real help. I'm months into intensive therapy as well as training to be a PEER advocate. I'm getting ready to go volunteer as an advocate for my local NAMI affiliate.

The truth is we need to erase the stigma and change the conversation with relation to mental health, which is all of us, and mental illness, which could be any of us

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