Recovery

Recently, someone asked me what I thought was a simple question at first....What is recovery? I thought for a bit and came to the conclusion that for me, recovery is not what I initially thought it was when first diagnosed with bipolar 10years ago. If you think about the word "recover" it makes you think of getting something back and that is how I felt about my mental health recovery. I felt I had to get back all the things I perceived I had lost and that they defined the person I wanted to be. However after time and experience. Also many hours talking to professionals who thankfully practised person centred therapy. I began to redefine recovery. In fact the word recovery gives out all the wrong connotations. To me recovery meant taking off the rose tinted spectacles I had been wearing whilst making copious journeys to my past and realising that I wanted to know who I was at present. That's not to say I didn't want to recover self confidence and self esteem. However learning who I was and what indeed made me happy seemed the most important part of recovery to me.

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