One of the biggest stages of mental illness is the idea that some people with mental illness are somehow different from "ordinary people." Indeed, some people say that the medical model we have developed actually provides this idea just by treating people with mental illness in condescending fashion – somehow mental illness is less than physical illness – less important, less painful, and maybe not same attention.
It is my belief that autonomy is important in all illnesses, mental or physical. When we are independent, by accessing the resources we have within, we are automatically driven to optimize our well-being, which is actually a sustainable phenomenon.
Jim (name and other authentication information has been changed) was 48 when he first came to see me, struggling for a few years with depression, addiction and ADHD. He also had poor concentration and "continual washing on my inner mind" with some encouraging and "annoying behavior". When I first met him, it was clear that Jim was "on a journey" as he suggested it to cope with his condition. He had already done a few things to deal with what had been, and was still very hard mental health problem. In addition to ADHD, there were still residues of depression.
Originally a East Coast teacher who was postponed for incentives, he was now a shopkeeper in North East Ontario. Jim would be able to cope with normal conditions without being angry, but scored high on ADHD's adult examination. This anxiety and motivation sometimes showed himself in his job, as he would have to force his clients to come into the store with his own spiritual issues and his belief that "you help others, no matter what, even if it's for your own sake emergency "would kick in. Thus, his boundary as a store manager will collapse. He found powerless to change these motivating actions and often taught family problems.
Jim was clearly a deterrent in his journey of well-being, and although he had understood his problems, it was the unconscious pattern that bowed him up. After several meetings using Neuro-Language Programming (NLP) and hypnosis to help him recreate some of his unconscious reactions in stressful situations from his past, he began to see things in another light. In addition, training in relaxation and self-hypnosis through my CD, "Learn to Relax and Enjoy Your Life" (see below) was a key factor in strengthening him and adapting to his inner mind. Listening to the CD on a regular basis helped him keep his mind quiet, to the extent that he is now able to work at the best level.
He is no longer patient and 3 months and 6 visits after the first consultation he wrote: "… but my journey to the brain is nearing completion … and although I still need to reach many as has not even started this trip … I have patience and insight to wait for the right time. Recent follow-up suggests that he has made these positive changes.
We all have permission to cure and move Jim search and found these resources and scored the benefits. Psychiatric disease is a challenge, but it is a challenge that can be gained.