The case for mental health reform: Part one, failure is not a option

Starting a fire is what I was put on this earth to do. For one thing, I’m an Aries and starting fires is our specialty. It’s also our specialty to take on things that few people want to do or are in a position to do.

Advocating for mental health reform through my blog has been a great first step. I never knew how many awesome and wonderful people were out here in the blogosphere. All kinds of people with all kinds of interests, skills and stories to share. I guess I showed up late to the party but I’m so glad I’m here.

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I knew all along that a blog alone would not be enough though. That’s just a scratch on the surface. I suppose all this just means it’s time to take the next stepI decided I would need to be brave and leap out into the “real world.” After all, this is where true change needs to happen, which I plan to start by writing a lot of letters to a lot of people. And not just any people but the ones who have the power to actually make some real changes.

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Mental health reform is desperatly needed and the time to make changes is here. Recovery from a serious mental illness is no small task. It’s not something that happens overnight and sometimes the darkness of a disorder will still rear it’s ugly head from time to time. In my own case, some days I don’t even feel like I should use the word recovery. More like, “Well, I’m feeling a lot better than I used to anyway.”

On better days though, I realize how far I’ve come and what an incredible accomplishment recovery from anything is.

Failure is simply not an option.

Have a great day!

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8 comments

  1. Was treated for so-called bipolar disorder with one medication after another. Almost all of them had side-effects to include:

    Rashes
    Hallucinations
    Heart attack-like symptoms
    Crossed-eyes
    Uncontrollable muscle spasms
    Hyperactivity
    and the last: hospitalization for Lithium toxicity requiring dialysis .

    No more doctors
    No more medications
    Natural solutions and meditation!

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    • That’s good. You don’t always hear such good things about lithium. I’ve never had to take it thankfully. I do take Wellbutrin and it does a pretty good job for me. Unfortunately if I don’t take it I just feel like laying in bed all day and doing nothing. 😐

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