One of the most difficult challenges to overcome when dealing with a mental illness is the temptation of the excuse.
With a psychiatric diagnosis comes an excuse for everything. Any bad behavior, lack of motivation, or failure can be passed off as a symptom or the result of an episode. The excuse is always available. Don’t take it.
No one’s asking you to take responsibility for having a mental illness. That’s not your fault.
But you have to take responsibility for your actions and for your recovery. Sure, unexpected things happen as a result of serious mental illness, but most of our behavior is within our control, or at least our influence. And the behavior that most influences our wellness is treatment compliance.
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