About recovery – what helped

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From Mad in Finland: In the psychiatric treatment system, one often had to believe oneself and one’s own feelings more than what kind of definitions, predictions or interpretations one could hear about one’s self. For example, I knew and decided that I would survive high school, even though I heard “you probably won’t be allowed to go to that high school” . I also decided by myself and in my right mind which member of the nursing staff I would talk to about my innermost feelings and issues and who I wouldn’t. I knew and understood and saw that some of the nurses treated some patients with disdain, indifference and provocativeness, and this was not “distorted thinking caused by the disease”, although, of course, it was interpreted as such. I decided that one day I would still recover and live a normal life, even though I had become interpreted as a long-term patient, for whom there would not be much trouble in the future.

Read the full article here and English translation here. 

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