Mental Illness Isn’t All-Encompassing

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Mental illness can make life challenging, but it isn’t all-encompassing. Learn how to keep mental illness from overpowering your life at HealthyPlace

Mental Illness Isn’t All-Encompassing

Living with mental illness can be stressful and challenging. Any mental illness affects the entire person—thoughts, emotions, behaviors, relationships with self and others, and more. By definition, for a mental health challenge to be classified as a mental illness, it must be pervasive, which means it must affect all or almost all aspects of someone’s life. It also must be present for a long time.

Yet mental illness doesn’t have to be all-encompassing. Let’s explore a few things about mental illness that show that it’s doesn’t have to overtake you, knocking you down and keeping you down.

  1. You’re living life. Maybe you can’t do exactly what you want to do, but you are living and you are doing some good things.
  2. You have other aspects of your life to turn your attention to, such as relationships.
  3. Mental illness isn’t who you are. You are a unique human being who is going through a difficult time.
  4. You have hopes and dreams. Mental illness may change things, but it doesn’t take away your visions.
  5. You can take action, even one small step each day, to move forward despite mental illness.

Mental illness is difficult, but by focusing on other things in your life you can keep it from overpowering you.

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From HealthyPlace YouTube Channel

Bipolar Disorder and College at 19 Years Old

I was 19 years old and in college when my symptoms of bipolar disorder really got out of hand. This is where I had my most intense bipolar breakdown. What was it like? What did my college friends at the time think was going on? And what led to my ending up in a psychiatric hospital and finally getting diagnosed with bipolar 2? Take a look at the video.


Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

  1. Having Real Friends and Your Self-Esteem
  2. Ten Tools That Help Relieve Panic Attacks
  3. Going Back to Therapy: Challenges and Benefits

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.


Mental Health Quote

"Behind my smile is a breaking heart, behind my laugh I´m falling apart, behind my eyes are tears at night, behind my body is a soul trying to fight."

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2017, April 18). Mental Illness Isn’t All-Encompassing, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 19 from

Last Updated: May 8, 2017

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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