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Is Mental Illness Recovery Possible?

Have you or a loved one been newly diagnosed with a mental illness? Or are you experiencing some difficult mental illness symptoms and challenges but are afraid to seek help for fear of a diagnosis? Either way, you might have a common question on your mind: Is mental illness recovery possible?

The short, and encouraging, answer is yes. Recovery from mental illness can and does happen. It doesn’t happen automatically or overnight, however. Here’s some basic information to get you started on your own mental illness recovery journey

  • Many different types of mental health treatment are available, including medication, mental health therapy, complementary and alternative options, and lifestyle components like nutrition, exercise, and sleep.
  • Every person and every illness is unique. This means that there is no single path to mental illness recovery. It also means that there are many different things available to you for healing and treatment, so don’t give up!
  • Some types of mental disorders are life-long rather than temporary. That said, you can learn to manage your condition well so that it doesn’t continue to interfere in your life.

Be patient and gentle with yourself. Seek help and support as you begin and continue your process of healing, and know that while it might not always be easy, mental illness recovery is possible, and you don’t have to struggle with symptoms forever.

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Your Thoughts

Today's Question: What helps you keep going when working on mental illness recovery seems difficult? We invite you to participate by sharing your thoughts on the HealthyPlace Facebook page.


What Borderline Personality Is Really Like - IG Live

Does borderline personality disorder (BPD) doom you to be a "psycho ex-girlfriend"? Our guest, Isabelle, worries about that stigma applying to her. We'll talk with her about why she feels that it might, how she deals with her BPD symptoms and how she's incorporated BPD into her life. We'll also talk with Becca Clegg, LPC, CEDS-S, about mental health conditions that might be borderline in disguise, therapies that can help people living with BPD, and how much those therapies can help.

I hope you join us for Thursday's HealthyPlace Instagram Live. Thursday, February 4, at 4p ET / 3 CT. We welcome your comments and experiences and our guests always answer your questions.

You can watch a prior Facebook Live on living with depression and suicidal thoughts here: Depression Almost Killed Me: My Comeback Story.

From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.


From HealthyPlace YouTube Channel

EMDR Treats Several Mental Health Conditions

EMDR, usually used to treat trauma and PTSD, is useful for anytime someone feels distressing thoughts or emotions. Watch the video to find out more about how it works.


Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

  1. 3 Things to Do During a Panic Attack
  2. Verbal Abuse in Friendships
  3. Bipolar Disorder and Creative Careers: Is There Really a Link?

If you're not already, I hope you'll like us on Facebook too. There are many supportive people there, and I hope you'll join us.


Mental Health Quote

“Always remember, if you have been diagnosed with PTSD, it is not a sign of weakness; rather, it is proof of your strength, because you have survived.”

Read more PTSD quotes.


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Thank you,

Community Partner Team - America's Mental Health Channel
"When you're at, you're never alone."

APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2021, February 3). Is Mental Illness Recovery Possible?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 18 from

Last Updated: February 2, 2021

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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