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Would You Rather Mostly Forget About It?



An older man who I knew had successful heart surgery years ago.

After his surgery, he was asked if he wanted to join a support group for those who also had heart surgery.

However, he decided not to join the group.  He just wanted to forget about the heart surgery.

Of course, he couldn't completely forget about it, because if he did, the chances of him getting sick again would increase.  He had to take care of himself and take care of his heart.  One way he did that was by going out for walks around his neighborhood once he was recovered well enough to be able to do that.  But for the most part, he didn't want to think about it.  He pretty much wanted to forget it.

Some people who have mental illness and have been treated for it with psychiatric medication(s) that works well for them elect to go into individual and/or group psychotherapy.  

But then their are others with mental illness who, after getting on psychiatric meds, decide not to go into therapy.  Although they have to take care of their emotional health, aside from that, a lot of them just want to forget about it...much like the man I knew who mostly wanted to forget about his heart surgery.

If you have mental illness in the form of depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, etc., do you feel the need to think about your illness a lot and talk about it with others, such as with therapists, members in a group therapy, or a support group?  Or would you rather just pretty much forget it after getting on the right medication(s) for it?

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Interesting question, Mike.

For myself, it was the decision to not attend AA meetings after I stopped drinking in 1985. I didn’t go to AA because I was afraid that the topic of alcoholism would keep alcohol as my main focus in life. I had quit cold turkey, and I wanted to completely turn away from my alcoholic lifestyle. I felt that, for me personally, it was important that I find new activities far away from anything alcohol-related. 

It turned out to be a good decision for me, though for some of my fellow alcoholics AA has been a tremendous support system for them. The meetings and the fellowship have helped them thrive in life.

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