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When You Feel Shame About Your Mental Illness

By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
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When You Feel Shame About Your Mental IllnessA mental illness affects everything from your thoughts to your behavior to your relationships. It may sap your energy, mood and sleep. It may distort your beliefs about yourself and sink your self-esteem. It may feel like your days are regularly filled with a series of obstacles.

Navigating life with a mental illness is tough enough. But many people also feel an overwhelming sense of shame.

“Nearly all of my clients have struggled with shame about having a mental illness, or even about having feelings that are inconvenient or that seem out of sync with what others seem to feel,” said Lea Seigen Shinraku, MFT, a therapist in private practice in San Francisco. She focuses on helping clients relate to themselves and their lives with greater self-compassion.

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When You Feel Shame About Your Mental Illness

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  1. Everyone has problems, and I everyone needs to realize at the end of the day that everyone is human. Everyone is different, but that doesn’t make them completely abnormal or completely alien.

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