Today we live in a disposable world. If something breaks we throw it in the trash, do not repair because buying new is cheaper
With most illnesses we respond with some type of therapy, operation, but, never do we throw them away. It is my opinion that is not so with those suffering some form of mental illness. One such mental illness that comes to mind is PTSD. Many coming back from a tour of duty start to show signs of this within weeks, months. Getting help seems to come slowly for those needing it.
For me when I first started showing symptons I had to leave the ministry. At that time I was burned out and also to get away from some who tried to pin me down. I started to feel useless, functioning in routine but felt like I was unattached in my mind.
Beginning around 2005 after several times in treatment I started my to-do list. Here is some of the things included.
- Prioritize my goals, those that were basically pipe dreams to ones that were attainable.
- Weed out relationships that were broken. Those were the ones that I always felt worse after being around them or talking with them on the phone.
- Decided that I could not afford the luxury of worrying what people thought of me.
It took awhile before I started to notice a change within myself. Eventually I found a new stride leaving me with a sense of usefullness.
I was broken but still useable!
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