Friday, 28 February 2014

Defining Recovery

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What is recovery? Well, dictionary.com tells me the following:

1. an act of recovering.

2. the regaining of or possibility of regaining something lost or taken away.

3. restoration or return to health from sickness.

4. restoration or return to any former and better state or condition.

5. time required for recovering.

Thank you for that, dictionary.com but I think when it comes to mental health recovery this becomes a massive cloudy grey area. I strongly believe that if you are receiving treatment within mental health services you should be given the opportunity to discuss what you want out of your recovery because no two recoveries are the same. For this exact reason recovery is quite a difficult topic to write on as you will never fully cover it all. 

Personally, I don't view recovery as living without symptoms of an illness. I believe recovery to be living a fulfilling life in spite of any limitations an illness may cause. In this way I think of the journey through recovery to be an ongoing learning curve, the first time you put on your ice skates you are going to land on your bottom a few times but learning to pick yourself up after that fall is the important bit, trying again is how you learn.  

I really like definition number two: possibility of regaining something lost or taken away. Becoming mentally unwell can feel like you have lost so much or because you have so little control over the situation it will feel like your life has been taken away from you. Both of those are totally understandable for there is never going to be a convenient time for you to feel like you are starting from scratch as that is a very scary thing to be expected to do. Take a little look at the journey in from eyes and feel free to disagree with all of it because recovery is yours:


Remember, it is your journey, nobody else can tell you what your recovery should look like.

Hannah x

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