5b. Recovery – New You
You might be asking: Who am I now?
Now that you have an idea about the symptoms, maybe a diagnosis, possible effects of those symptoms on your life, and your new status as somebody who has been through a suicidal crisis, some of your basic ideas about personal identity may have changed or feel less certain.
As you go through this process, you will likely find that there are some aspects of your old life that you want to get back, and there are some parts of your old life that you want to be different. Most of the time, we are just going through life without causing. Going through a crisis forces us to stop for a while, and then to return. Thus, on the other side of the crisis is an opportunity for reflection and considering how you want your life to be going forward.
How do you integrate any new health or behavioral health information into your self-concept? You also can realize some possibilities for empowerment and autonomy, some self-direction, and self-advocacy.
On the other side of the equation, be sure to also consider the various dimensions of wellness. There are times when we might really be suffering on the emotional side, but have strong spiritual beliefs or connections that can help us to get through, or intellectual pursuits that can help us to figure out new solutions. It is important to be able to recognize your whole self, and thus not allow a specific diagnosis or label you define your whole identity.
Mental Illness and the Family: Finding the Right Mental Health Care For You – http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/finding-right-care
Advocacy – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advocacy
Wellness Planning and Maintenance – http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/wellness-planning-and-maintenance
After a Diagnosis – http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/after-diagnosis
What Individuals in Recovery Need to Know – https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/sma16-4950.pdf