Today is a groundbreaking day in the world of Bipolar Disorder treatment. My mate has cracked the code and solved the problem with his own genius.
“You need to go for a run mate”
Well, here’s me with barely enough patience, energy, motivation and interest to put my socks on, but if I just go for a run it’ll all be fine and I don’t have to suffer anymore.
Now, I’m well aware that exercise is important for your mental health as it releases endorphins and stimulates serotonin in your brain. However, myself and many others are battling with mental illness, not mental health. Mental health and mental illness are two different things entirely. This needs to be understood firsthand how to differentiate between the two.
mental health – noun
“A person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being.” “all this pressure seems to be affecting his mental health”
mental illness – noun
“A mental illness is a syndrome characterised by clinically significant disturbance in an individual’s cognition, emotion regulation, or behavior that reflects a dysfunction in the psychological, biological, or developmental processes underlying mental functioning. Mental disorders are usually associated with significant distress in social, occupational, or other important activities. An expectable or culturally approved response to a common stressor or loss, such as the death of a loved one, is not a mental disorder. Socially deviant behavior (e.g., political, religious, or sexual) and conflicts that are primarily between the individual and society are not mental illnesses unless the deviance or conflict results from a dysfunction in the individual, as described above.”
The complexities of mental illnesses are so diverse and difficult to comprehend by people, even by those who are living with it day to day. It’s a life long illness that I will have with me for the rest of my life. I’ve accepted that, I’m learning now how to best coexist with it.
I just wish some would keep their verbal diarrhoea well away from me. It’s offensive.
But then again, if I go for a run, everything will be fine hey? 🤷🏻♂️ 🏃🏽 👌