Have you ever read one of those “Ten things your guy wished you knew” or “Ten things your mother-in-law would never tell you but thinks you should know” (though in many cases—unfortunately for you, there’s nothing your mother in law wouldn’t tell you). Well I wanted to create a lists of things that those of us who struggle with mental illness wished the rest of the world knew—and hopefully get insight from my support team about what they wish I knew!
Number Eleven: I promise we’ll thank you one day.
I’ve heard this from everyone I’ve talked to that is in recovery. Inevitably, at some point in our recovery and treatment, a supporter has pushed or forced us to do something we do not want to do. While we might hate you or resent you at the time, when we are healthy we’ll thank you for it. One friend of mine says he owes his life to his parents for checking him in to a treatment facility—at the time he told them he’d never speak to them again. But today—he is eternally grateful.
Disclaimer: Not all of these thought will reflect all people, in the same way not all “Ten things your guy wished you knew” would relate to my husband—some will not even relate to me. They are thoughts/concerns/opinions I’ve heard when talking with fellow adventurers along the journey that is mental illness.