Yesterday a couple of friends called round for a coffee. Both are members of the church fellowship I used to attend and both like me are very familiar with the challenges that poor mental health can give us.
During the numerous conversations that were held during their visit one of the subject which came up was that of how poor mental health and mental illness can sometimes focus, magnify, intensify or exaggerate issues that many of us (regardless of our mental health) face in everyday life. For example difficulties with; self-image, rejection, insecurities, criticism, stress, to name but a few.
Kind of like the whole (I think Joseph Heller quote) “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.” And in a “just because my mental health makes my fear of rejection so much greater and thus seemingly irrational it doesn’t mean there aren’t perfectly good and understandable reasons for my having that fear in the first place.”
One of the threads of this conversation centred around how sometimes those core-issues can be overlooked in terms of treatment because they are clouded by other circumstances and resultant behaviours and the focus often becomes the management of circumstances and behaviours rather than actually addressing the core issues themselves.
So I thought I would open up this whole discussion to our members and readers and get your take on it.
Do you feel that there are core issues that are not being addressed because so much focus has been or is on the management of your illness and the resultant behaviours?
I really would be interested in your responses to this question.