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Coping takes Work

"Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead." James 2:17 NKJV 

I agree with this scripture because everything in life demands some effort to get the desired results. Likewise, taking medication to treat mental illness with no coping skills and others support while expecting the illness to go into remission is not the most effective process- there is no magic pill- mental health recovery takes work. 

My schizophrenia seems to be under control and my depression has improved with the medication, but I am still struggling and learning how to better cope with my depression. Lately I've been pushing myself to straighten up the house everyday and to go outside and enjoy the sun, even if it's only 20 minutes. I also listen to music and share stresses with family and friends. I think keeping up my appearance and getting sunlight has been the most useful coping skills I practice under daily basis. I am not where I want to be with my depression right now, but I have hope I will get there soon. Now I plan to continue putting in the work in order to better cope with my depression.

To learn more about schizophrenia visit NAMI, Choices in Recovery, and Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia (Canada).


Matt said…
No wonder I have not been going anywhere. It seems I am stuck. In no man's land. Need to work on the coping skills.Coping with the symptoms, people. Getting support is the problem. Need to forgive those who hurt us right? Have been waking up late. Depressed I suppose.
Ashley Smith said…
Hi Matt, I hope you find the right supports to help in your recovery... don't try to fix all problems in one day, remember it is a process. Take care.

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