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I Am More Than My Physical and Mental Illnesses

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“You are more than your addictions, health challenges and mental health issues.” This is something my new therapist emphasized with me at the end of our first session together.

At first, I was defensive when thinking about it. Not to excuse what I’ve been doing, but in order of explanation, when, within the span of fewer than five years… You figure out you are an addict … and then recognize you have addictions in two areas, not just the one previously recognized.

You are diagnosed with several new physical health conditions, not just those you’ve been dealing with your entire life. You realize you have bipolar type 2 … and then learn you have a few more mental health conditions, not just those you’ve been dealing with your whole life.

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