Mental Illness Recovery Q&A with The Mighty

For OCD Week, I joined The Mighty for a live Q&A on their Facebook page all about my journey with recovery from mental illness. I usually keep my videos focused on mental health and where I’m going now, so I don’t often talk about the specific symptoms I struggled with but in this video I go more in-depth into what it was like deep in the mental illness hole, and what was involved with getting out of that hole: Mark

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Get proactive with mental health issues before…

  Often we don’t pay attention to a mental illness until we’ve fed it and fed it and it’s grown so large that it fills up every room we walk into and we’re always standing in a stinking pile of symptoms it keeps shitting on top of us. It’s time to get preventative and proactive with mental illnesses. The illness-first approach doesn’t work. It’s like waiting for a heart attack before you start eating healthy and exercising. Don’t wait for

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Anxiety infiltrates everything (but you can beat it at everything).

If you struggle with anxiety, you’re very likely going to work in a way that’s built around trying to avoid anxiety. So you’ll do things like: Not delegate or let other people handle things for you. Try to fix problems alone before anybody finds out. Avoid leading because you’re worried about things going wrong. Avoid leading because you like to correct others. Avoid leading because you think you’re not good enough, or people will think you don’t deserve it. Create

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Tackle your problems, not just your symptoms.

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

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