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Real Story- Letter from a Client
The fact is that most people with mental health issues get better, and live normal lives, with help and support. But as they say, one step at a time... Following is a letter received at Family Continuity's Plymouth Mental Health Clinic.
I'm so much happier now, though it hasn't always been that way. It was a long slow road to turn my life around. Yet a road I'm very glad I traveled.
When I came out of the state hospital I was still very angry, angry at the world and everyone in it. I was placed in a residential program and got a new therapist. The residential was a bad placement but the therapist was the best one I've ever had. She always believed in me. I can tell you that makes a big difference ‘cause it's really hard to believe in yourself when no one else does. It was a long slow road. I was on a path of self-destruction with multiple hospitalizations. I started attending a support group. I eventually graduated that group and to this day still use what I learned.
After getting my own apartment and getting the right medication combination, I slowly gained progress. My relationship with my family started getting better. I was able to finally get my license and get a job. I've now held this job for 5 years. I learned to stand up for myself when I felt like I needed to. I was able to start to build my self-esteem up enough to start believing in myself.
Now many years later my life doesn't revolve around mental health so much. My family trusts that I can handle more. I'm allowed to babysit my niece and nephew. I can finally plan things in my life whereas before who knew if I'd be in the hospital. All in all I live a pretty normal life. I still have my ups and downs and bad days but I'm better able to cope with them.
I honestly believe it started with my wonderful therapist believing in me until I had enough belief in myself.
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