Mental Illness Isn’t a Choice, but You Still Have Choices
HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter
Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:
- Mental Illness isn't a Choice, but You Still Have Choices
- Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans
- From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs
- Stand Up for Mental Health
- Latest Mental Health News
Mental Illness Isn't a Choice, but You Still Have Choices
Mental illnesses aren't a choice. They're medical conditions, illnesses of the brain, for which the causes are complex. People don't choose to live with the symptoms and effects of mental disorders, and for good reason: any type of mental illness affects thoughts, emotions, actions, physical wellbeing, relationships, and more. People don't choose to develop mental illness, and they don't choose the effects these illnesses have on their lives.
While it's true that having a mental illness isn't a choice, it's also true that people living with any mental illness (or even more than one) do have choices in life. Mental illness can't take away someone's power to choose to
- seek professional help in order to minimize the effects of mental illness
- define personal values and life goals
- become actively involved in his/her life through meaningful activities
- connect with others for support and mutually satisfying relationships
- shape his/her perspective in order to see more realistically positive things than negative ones
- find and nurture meaning and purpose in life
These are some of the choices people, whether or not they live with mental illness, have over themselves and their lives. No one chooses to have a mental illness. Everyone, though, can choose how they continue to shape their lives.
Related Articles Dealing with Mental Illness and Choices
- Choices: A Powerful Influence on Depression
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- Good Decision-Making Begins with Small Choices
- Reward Your Body—Make Better, Healthier Food Choices!
- Making ADHD-Friendly Career Choices
- Alcohol-Induced Behavior: Learning from Bad Choices
Today's Question: What helps you make positive choices even when a mental illness makes it hard to do so? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.
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Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans
Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:
- Benefits of 12-Step Addiction Recovery Programs
- Living Day-to-Day with Dissociative Identity Disorder
- Why Anxiety Makes You Feel Stupid and Like a Failure
If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.
From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs
On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.
- Be Thankful, Not Sorry
- Safe Injection Sites: What Are They?
- Should Force Be Used Against Someone With Mental Illness?
- Overcome Stigma and Judgment of Mental Illness With Support
- Ways to Deal With Hyperarousal Symptoms of PTSD
- Bipolar Disorder Causing a Loss of Control
- Schizoaffective, Schizophrenic Voices Can Say Good Things
- How to Manifest a Better Version of Yourself
- Moms with Mental Illness: Is Summer Making Your Kids Crazy?
- Full of Anxiety? Empty Your Cup of Tea
- Bad Brain Days And Depression Intensity
- Stop Telling Me Not to Say I’m Depressed
- Can Love Save You From an Eating Disorder?
- Feeling Insecure? 12 Quotes to Improve Your Confidence
- The Risks of Being Open About Your DID Diagnosis
On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.
Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.
Stand Up for Mental Health
Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign
But we still need you. Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trichotillomania, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.
Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
Latest Mental Health News
These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:
- Higher BMI May Not Raise Risk Of Heart Attack, Death, Finds Twin Study
- Just 1 Hour Of Exercise Offsets Health Risks Of Prolonged Sitting
- Quitting Smoking May Lower Alcohol Intake
- Males More Likely To Suffer Psychologically When Dissatisfied With Their Body Image
- Combining Medications Could Offer Better Results For ADHD Patients
- Locking Doors In Mental Health Hospitals Does Not Lower Suicide Rate
- Study Finds Average 6-Year Delay Between Onset And Diagnosis Of Bipolar Disorder
- Changes In Brain Structure During Teenage Years Provide Clues To Onset Of Mental Health Problems
That's it for now. If you know of anyone who can benefit from this newsletter or the HealthyPlace.com site, I hope you'll pass this onto them. You can also share the newsletter on any social network (like facebook, stumbleupon, or digg) you belong to by clicking the links below. For updates throughout the week:
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Peterson, T. (2016, August 17). Mental Illness Isn’t a Choice, but You Still Have Choices, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2023, May 27 from https://www.healthyplace.com/other-info/mental-health-newsletter/mental-illness-isn-t-a-choice-but-you-still-have-choices