Sometimes it’s valuable to deal with symptoms so you can then free yourself up to tackle your real problems. But when it comes to recovering from a mental illness, focusing only on the symptoms can cause you to keep on feeding the problem and engaging in lots of unhealthy behaviors that only make the illness worse over the long-term.

If you’ve got a lion on your back gnawing away, and it’s causing you lots of pain, don’t just take something to get rid of the pain and then ignore the lion—it’ll keep on eating until there’s nothing left.





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