I’m thankful for another word on recovery from Candice. If you haven’t filled it out yet, please join in on the conversation and share your story about recovery here. Thanks!
What does recovery mean to you?
Sometimes I feel that I will always have the symptoms of BPD so therefore, I feel I will never achieve “full recovery”. However, I have been able to effectively work through the symptoms to where i have been able to maintain and excel in my relationships as well as go to work consistently and excel at my job. I feel I have recovered for the most part because the symptoms haven’t been damaging my relationships or my job anymore.
What has been your key to getting from remission to recovery?
Knowing the diagnosis was the biggest key to my remission. Once I knew that it wasn’t just something wrong with “me”, I was able to get the treatment I needed. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) definitely helped.
What are some myths or misconceptions about recovery?
I think the biggest misconception is that once you have recovered, you are fixed and the symptoms never come back. I feel that this is something that may never go away. I also think that most people that are not battling a mental illness expect you to be fixed once you start going to treatment. I think all of people don’t understand that you can’t just “turn off” those impulses and urges. It’s a constant battle and just because we don’t outwardly show what we are going through anymore, doesn’t meaning that we aren’t struggling internally.
Do you think the journey to recovery could be taught to others?
I think it can be taught if they really want to recover. But it may take a few different approaches to find the one that works best for a particular person. I went through several different therapists and treatments until I found the one that worked best for me.
There were many times when I felt hopeless and wanted to give up trying. But I always tried to tell myself that it was normal to feel that way but to keep pushing through the treatment because it will get better. Being mindful of the recovery process and knowing that I am human and would relapse from time to time helped me to forgive myself when I did and kept me from giving up all together.