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What Would The World Look Like Without Mental Illnesses?

Many people who are in recovery say that they would not be the person they are today if they didn’t have their demons to battle. Whether this is good or bad is relative to the individual’s situation, but for everyone, the world would not be the same if there were no mental illnesses. People say they wouldn’t with their depression or addiction on their worst enemy — you wouldn’t want anyone to have to suffer as much as you have. But, you probably wouldn’t be the person you are today if you didn’t fight those fights and come out stronger in the end. Your battles have made you who you are today, that’s for sure. 

Without mental illnesses, the world would be a lot less empathetic. Those who deal with mental illnesses would not have their experiences to fall back on. Oftentimes, those suffering are extremely empathetic. Don’t confuse empathy with sympathy, however. Empathy is genuinely feeling what others are feeling. Empathy is relating to others; sympathy is offering condolences. There are so many instances where someone suffering can relate to their peer who is also suffering. They are able to share their experiences and bounce thoughts off of each other. They relate to each other; they don’t just simply offer up an “I’m sorry to hear that” and go on their merry way. Without mental illnesses, people would not be able to relate to their peers as they do now. There are whole communities, online and in person, in which people offer their support to each other. They care for each other and genuinely want to help each other. Without this common bond, empathy would suffer. Although there may be this trade-off for some people, we don’t want there to be. The world deserves empaths in recovery. You deserve that, too.

Find the silver lining with us at Villa Tranquil Recovery. We are here to help you put an end to your suffering. Our experienced team wants to set you on the right path. We don’t want to trade off empathy for recovery. We want to help you be empathetic in your recovery. These are not mutually exclusive. Call Villa Tranquil Recovery today at 214-799-3080. We can’t wait to hear from you.