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Living with a Mental Health Condition: Finding Your Way

Mental health is the overall wellness of how you think, regulate your feelings, and behave, but sometimes people experience a significant disturbance in their mental functioning. A mental condition may be present when patterns or changes in thinking, feeling, or behaving cause distress or disrupt a person's ability to function. A mental health condition may affect how well you maintain personal or family relationships, function in social settings, perform at work or school, or even participate in other important activities.

If you are suffering from a mental health condition, you are not alone. A significant mental illness like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or chronic recurrent major depression affects one in every twenty adults. Like other serious illnesses, having a mental health condition is not your fault or the fault of those around you, however, social/environmental factors can certainly have an impact on mental health. There are many misconceptions and stigmas associated with mental health/illness.

Many people either choose not to seek therapy or are ignorant that their symptoms can be indicative of a mental health issue. People may assume that someone suffering from a severe mental illness will appear noticeably different from others, and they may advise someone who doesn't "look ill" to "get over it" or even discourage seeking help due to fears of labeling or not wanting to be on medications. The difficulties of coping with a mental health condition are exacerbated by these misconceptions.

It is challenging to live with a mental condition. It's a persistent issue that may not have an immediate cure or fix. Even while treatment modalities such as psychotherapy and medication management are very beneficial, people who are dealing with mental health issues occasionally need to exert more effort daily to feel well or even just okay. Although it takes time and persistence to find the best coping method, it can have a profound effect on how you feel. Here are coping strategies that you should give a try if you haven't had success with your current methods or you want to add a few more to your toolbox.


  • Change diet. Get rid of foods that contribute to feeling less energized or motivated (high carbs, sugar)

  • Build in 3-5 days a week of low-high impact exercise

  • Consider listening to motivational blogs or books that give insight into how to manage conflict

  • Change environment, sometimes we need to establish a different social circle

  • Consider referral sources for the right therapist or psychiatrist

  • Always, Always stop to seek God's plan for your life.


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