Resilience: Getting Up When Mental Illness Knocks You Down

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Resilience: Getting Up When Mental Illness Knocks You Down

Any mental health challenge can bring people down, but resilience lets people get back up. Living with mental illness quite often interferes in people's lives in significant ways (Giving Up When You Have A Mental Illness). In fact, the definition of any mental illness includes criteria specifying that the illness impacts the total person (thoughts, feelings, and behaviors) and is enduring and inflexible. Yet, people experiencing mental illness can and do thrive. The ability to transcend mental health challenges comes, in part, from within the person. It's a character trait called resilience, and it helps people flourish even among difficulties.

What is Resilience?

Resilience is powerful. It allows each and every one of us to get up again and again, any time life—including mental health struggles—knocks us down. What's really great is that, while it's a character trait, resilience is something that people can develop. It's a trait, but it's also a skill. Resilience has a great deal to do with attitude, perspective, and thoughts. It's flexibility, or the ability to switch directions when necessary. It involves creating inner direction and honing a sense of humor. Resiliency also involves self-acceptance rather than self-blame. Resilience is the ability to get up and persevere even when mental health challenges try to keep you down, and that is thriving.

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Latest Mental Health News

These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:

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  • Fathers Are Nearly As Likely To Experience Anxiety Around The Arrival Of A New Baby As Mothers
  • People Whose Parents Die When They Themselves Are Under 18 Have A Higher Lifelong Risk Of Suicide
  • Mental Health Courts Significantly Reduce Repeat Offenses
  • Younger Generations Of Those In The Military More Vulnerable To Suicide

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2015, December 7). Resilience: Getting Up When Mental Illness Knocks You Down, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2022, August 16 from

Last Updated: February 11, 2021

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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