It’s not the end of the road unless you deem it so

Most of the time when people are diagnosed with chronic illnesses, they think it’s the end of the road but it’s not. The only end of the road I know is when you no longer have that breath within you. As long as you are alive, something can and should be done.

You can still achieve more. There are many world leaders who have suffered mental illnesses but they are written in books of history because of the impact they made to the world. Mental illnesses can be serious but they do not put a bar on what one can actually do or achieve. If you seek the treatment you can actually live a better life, recover or find ways to better manage the illness.

Help is always available to those who seek it. It is a myth that a person who has a mental illness can never contribute anything of worth to the world. There are many people written down in books of history who made great contributions to the world whilst managing mental illnesses. Some them were never cured.

People who made a great impact whilst battling mental illness

Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill were both world leaders but battled recurrent episodes of depression. Michelangelo and Isaac Newton. Hemingway, one of the great writers of the 20th century and winner of a Nobel Prize for Literature, experienced lifelong depression, alcoholism, and frequent hospitalizations. The famous Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh produced great works of art even when hospitalized for severe mental illness. Others, such as Pablo Picasso and Edgar Allan Poe, contributed major artistic and literary works while seriously disturbed. People with mental illness can enrich others’ lives.

If you go through a period of poor mental health you might find the ways you’re frequently thinking, feeling, or reacting become difficult, or even impossible, to cope with. This can feel just as bad as a physical illness, or even worse. But I’m here to tell you that the vast majority of individuals with mental illness continue to function well in their daily lives.

If you need help with your mental health, don’t forget to get in touch with Psyche and Beyond.



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