Believe it or not, some people don't have the strength to start on a anxiety or depression recovery program. This is usually because they are so in the depths of despair and the mental illness involved has got them so tightly in the clutches that they can't see any light at the end of the tunnel.
In one of my previous YouTube video's, I spoke about how important it is to get yourself to a doctor and as much as a lot of us hate medication, it can be a saving grace by easing those dreadful symptoms and giving you a little hoist out of that deep dark rut... just enough for you to be able to continue helping yourself.
In addition to that, here are 5 more top tips that can help you and encourage you to start recovery.
1. ACCEPTANCE - Accepting your mental illness is very important, and for me personally, it played a key role for me. Once I accepted that I had an Anxiety Disorder, all the anger and bitterness just washed away and all the fatigue from constantly fighting against it just vanished. You cannot seek help for your problems until you accept and admit that you have a problem.
2. DON'T BE ASHAMED - People with mental disorders often feel embarrassed and ashamed because society has played such a stigma on mental illnesses. It is very important to realize that even though you feel alone, you are by no means alone. There is no shame in having a mental illness, just as there is no shame in having a physical illness
3. GET INSPIRED - Reading other peoples' testimonials in books, magazines or on-line can be of enormous benefit, and there is nothing better than reading someone else's story of how they were in the depths of despair and how they got better.
4. TREATMENT - I feel strongly about this one because everyone seems to want to add their two cents when it comes to how a mental disorder sufferer should go about recovery. It is no one's business but yours! If you want to go the conventional way, then do it. If you want to do it the natural way, then go for it. Whatever treatment or medicine you decide to opt for, let it come from you. Don't let other people bully you.
(Please always visit a doctor before taking medication or embarking on a treatment plan)
5. SUPPORT - Having a support structure is another key factor for mental disorder recovery. You cannot do this alone and having encouragement from a relative or friend can really make or break the recovery process for you. The sad thing is that not everyone has a support structure, and if you are one of these people, then please reach out to one of the many NPO's that have resources to help and support people with mental disorders.