Hi! I’m Patti,
I was diagnosed with Mental Illness 23 years ago. I had Mental Illness since I was 12, but never saw a doctor till then. I was very depressed and isolated a lot. I had very bad anxiety problems. And many stressors. My first breakdown was very difficult and I’ve had more since then. I’ve been hospitalized 5 times in my life. I did not work for 15 years.
I have a job as a Peer Specialist now and I am helping people like me to recover from Mental Illness. It is nice to feel validated by your peers when you tell them what you’ve learned in your experiences. One thing I always talk about to my peers is about negativity. Negativity is our worst enemy. It’s nice to turn that frown upside down and make yourself feel better. Letting go of your thoughts is a good thing, but letting in the healing is better. Sometimes we get caught up in our negativity.
We need to say “Stop” and change our thoughts to positive things about our lives and loved ones and the things we can do. We need to look around us and see our beautiful world through our own eyes. When we are negative our eyes see nothing but the bad. But, When you feel good…create!!!!!