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Summing Up

A mental illness is actually a physical illness. It is not some form of demonic possession, but a malfunctioning brain. You can no more blame a person for having a mental health problem, than a physical one. Sometimes it can be reversed by unlearning old beliefs and learning new ones. Sometimes it is a chemical imbalance which can be managed with medication, so we can learn new skills.

Recovering from a mental illness takes time, as does recovering from a physical one. Just as we need physiotherapy when recovering from a physical injury, we need psychotherapy to recover from a mental health one. Usually our doctor will refer us to a specialist who will diagnose the problem and provide the therapy.

However, therapy usually only lasts a finite time, often only 8-12 sessions. After that, we are left to our own devices to manage our life. Peer groups provide a means of maintaining ongoing support from people who are in the same or similar situation.

Identification and lived experience are the two most important tools peer group members have. They enable a trust and communication that works more effectively in the long run, because people by nature will take more notice of someone who is in the same or similar boat as they are.

If you are having problems with anxiety, anger, addiction, depression, compulsive habits or other common mental health problems, please read more about us on this website. If you have any questions, feel free to use the Contact form.