Mental Illness Is Not a Choice But Recovery Is

By Lucy

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Almost a year ago today I began experiencing psychosis. Before that, I always had a very low mood. I’m now fourteen and have been diagnosed with depression with psychotic symptoms and also bulimia nervosa. The past year has been a tough one, but one I am forever grateful for. I have learned things I never thought I would and met people I never would have if it wasn’t for my illness. Although I am still struggling in more ways than others things are generally much better. The biggest thing I’ve learned is that there is no shame in being ill or taking medication, you wouldn’t be embarrassed about a physical illness so why be embarrassed by a mental one. I’d like to tell my past self that you should never feel guilty for asking for help and that although it might not seem like it now, recovery is possible. I’m trying to do anything I can to keep not just myself but others motivated because after all mental illness is not a choice but recovery is.

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