Anyone who has ever suffered for extended periods of time has wondered if they will ever fully recover from depression or anxiety.
For someone who is new to mental health disorders, it can be draining to hear that you can never make a full recovery.
While some may take this stance, I’d like to call bullshit.
The mental health community seems to fear giving success stories. No one wants to rub salt in other peoples wounds.
Today, rather than rub salt in your wounds, I want to provide some light to a dark topic.
There is hope. Plenty of it.
Can You Ever Fully Recover From Depression Or Anxiety?
This article comes from over 10 years of my own struggles.
I believed I would never fully recover from depression and anxiety.
Living day to day life with the thought that I would never get better did nothing to improve my motivation.
In fact, carrying this belief did nothing for me besides make my mental health worse.
My depression brought me to my knees.
I was consumed by the belief that my life had set its course and depression was something I had to live with forever.
This created more dark thoughts and further spiraled the cycle of negativity.
Oppositely, my anxiety was through the roof, worrying that I never would get well or perhaps even make a mistake I couldn’t take back.
In these moments I wish someone assured me things would get better.
If somebody had, the healing process would have been quicker.
Mental Health Is Like A Physical Injury
Imagine you hurt yourself playing sports. The damage was extensive and further required surgery.
Your injury caused you to be out of the game for six months and an extra six months of physiotherapy was necessary to recover.
If the injury was bad enough, it would still be at risk a year down the road. Certain exercises or movements may not be a good idea for extended periods of time.
Although your injury may seem healed, it is still more fragile then it was before the injury.
If you are burdened with a mood disorder, the same is true of your mental state.
Even when you have recovered, your mental health will still be more fragile than someone who was never exposed to depression or anxiety.
You have been exposed to the feelings and therefore they can manifest easier. They lie dormant within your psyche.
Like the injury, there will be certain things that may need avoiding.
More Effort May Be Required
On your road to recovery you will likely face many setbacks and tests.
There will be days where you want to give up and wither away as you feel as though you are not getting anywhere.
Your mind will kick and scream, your motivation will abandon you, and even your hope may flee before you finally break through and experience changes.
However, in due time and with maximum effort, you will emerge stronger than ever before.
You must be tenacious and persevere through all challenges.
There will be certain lifestyle factors that need addressing to fully recover from depression or anxiety.
You may find that, unlike some of your friends, you cannot drink alcohol frequently or live off of pizza and McDonalds.
In order for myself to make a full recovery, I even had to pursue a new career.
My old job stressed me out from the moment I woke up until the moment I went to bed.
In turn this made me exhausted and miserable.
I was able to conclude that stress and fatigue were two critical components to my problem.
I had to evaluate if the money was worth the low quality of life, which it evidently was not.
Be honest with yourself.
How important are the things that are holding you back? What do you feel like you are missing in your life that you could attain with effort?
Evaluate the things in your life that don’t fit even though you might want them too.
If at all possible, drop them from your life and go find the things your mental health craves.
You can fully recover from depression and anxiety and live a phenomenal life. However, if you have an underlying mood disorder, you will always be more prone to attack.
Identifying certain factors in your life that worsen your mood disorder is fundamental.
Looking back on your journal, you will see patterns and certain factors that cause your setbacks.
These triggers will highlight themselves in your journal over time.
Once you have identified them, you must avoid them for life.
As much as I love coffee, it is something I will never be able to drink if I want to recover from anxiety.
When I try reintroducing it as I begin to feel better, I begin to move backwards.
Alcohol is something I have to minimize if I want to fully recover from depression.
I do not know what you are getting caught up on, but I am sure you do.
Giving up certain things may seem hard to you, but when you are blessed with clarity and peace in return, it will be an easy decision.
Is A Full Recovery Within Reach?
Just because the troubles you are facing right now seem unbeatable, does not mean that you cannot overcome them with time and effort.
Living with a depressive or anxious nature does not condemn you to a life full of misery.
You may need to take medication and you might have to give up certain vices. Everyone is different.
The road to recovery may be long and tedious, but if you continue to follow it, the destination will yield sound mental health.
If you found this helpful, let me know in the comments below!
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