SO MUCH OF MENTAL ILLNESS IS A REACTION TO, OR A RESPONSE TO (an answer to?), NEGATIVE EXPERIENCES IN OUR LIVES. THIS MENTAL ILLNESS, A FORM OF DYSFUNCTION, WAS NEEDED/ CREATED IN ORDER TO SURVIVE, AND MAKE SENSE OF THOSE NEGATIVE EXPERIENCES.

If you are reading this blog, then you are a survivor. You are still here. The mental illness, this dysfunction, has allowed you to get to the, “here and now”, but no longer serves its purpose of helping you survive, helping you make sense of a previously difficult condition or terrible situation. This mental illness is now a drag on your ability to progress and live a more health-filled and unburdened life.

I find that, in general, we cannot cure mental illness. Instead, I ask that we befriend our mental illness. Thank this dysfunction for being there when we needed it, for helping us survive. Now we can tuck it away, just like when we tuck away, into the back of our closets, our winter clothes, when spring time arrives. These winter clothes are still ours. We have not rid ourselves of these expensive, heavy, familiar, and needed clothing. But for now, for springtime, they don’t make sense, and are not needed.

Charles Tadros, M.D.

November 27, 2021

Saint Louis, Missouri

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