"Mental illness" sounds like a nasty label. It is a phrase that makes many people nervous and uncomfortable. It conjures, for some, images of widely uncontrolled individuals. Someone who is not them. Going to speak with a mental health counselor or therapist, therefore, may feel like you are being lumped in with the unruly group of mental illness. Fact is that most people do not scare at the term "physical illness" -- if we are physically ill, we WANT to try to get better. To overcome. To be well. If we are mentally ill, most times it simply means we have something that ails our minds that needs to be healed. The catch, though, is that we need to WANT to try to get better. To overcome. To be well. For many, the idea of delving into our thoughts and emotions is too foreign. You may push down those dark feelings, push out those negative thoughts, say you're ok when you feel anything but ok. You cannot get better...that is unless you acknowledge those thoughts and feelings and move beyond them. Unless you heal. Want to run a mile but have a sore leg? You rest. Want to go out with friends but keep sneezing? You rest. Want to watch a movie but have a migraine? You rest. You rest, nurture, and recuperate. You've been taught how to do that your whole life and who to see (a doctor) if you can't get through it alone. Maybe, just maybe, you've had a nagging stress you can't shake. Maybe at night you just can't fall asleep. Maybe you can't focus long enough to finish something you need to. Maybe, just maybe, you can't get through it alone. Hi. I'm Elizabeth. I'm here to help guide you through this and help you get better. Overcome. Be well.
A healthier, happier you.