Read, Write, and Feel A Little More Connected
#lettertomymentalillness to share your thoughts and see what others are sharing.
When you're struggling with mental illness or addictions, it's easy to feel out of control, feel like mental illness are all magical and powerful. But mental illness and addictions aren't magical - and they don't control you.
One strategy to help you choose yourself is to personify your mental illness. Give it a name and break up with it.
Your mental problems are like a bad relationship. They are essentially domestically violent interpersonal relationships. What seems like not such a big deal can turn very ugly and hurtful. And the hurt it causes you is real, painful, and subtle.
Build up strength and fight. Consider the following questions when you're writing your letter.
When did things start?
Why do you hate it? What troubles has it caused you?
How are you going to “leave” (stop or take control of the behavior)?
How are you going to feel when you leave it behind?
If you want to download the worksheet, write your letter and take a picture to post...
The scientific underpinning of this activity comes from Motivational Interviewing.