Have you ever heard the old saying “deeds, not words”? It simply means that with any given problem, action is required in order to effect a positive outcome for any given problem. Therefore words are just that – words. But, there are instances when talk has value
Another saying comes to my mind as well: talk is cheap. But is it really? Sure, there are lots of ways that this statement can be true – for example, saying you will fix the car but it remains broken in the yard. We all know, in this case, that the car won’t fix itself, no matter how many times you say you will get it done.
With that said, can talk be considered action? In some instances, you bet ya. For example, cognitive behavioural therapy is often the gold standard in the treatment of mental disorders. Why? Well, in part, because talking to a therapist works.
In fact, it’s so popular because it’s been shown to be an effective way to minimize psychiatric symptoms and as a result, it has allowed many people to win their lives back. So, yes, talking can be considered a move towards making something better. That something is you. Making it better for yourself can help all your loved ones too.
Moreover, what is fundamental to talk therapy’s power is another element that can sometimes pose as the biggest obstacle in one’s efforts to get better. This necessary piece of the healing puzzle is courage.
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Courage is such an essential part of an action plan because, without it, nothing else gets done. Inaction due to fear and uncertainty can be a slippery slope, and when one tries to deal with it on their own. it can be lonely and overwhelming,
Of course, one doesn’t need courage if there isn’t something in life to fear for. We all know, when it comes to mental illness, one of the biggest producers of fear is Stigma. We all have fears; it’s natural. However, we would not be here today as a human race if we didn’t move towards conquering them.
On an individual level, we can also follow the ways of our ancestors by allowing ourselves to be vulnerable, by overcoming the misconceptions of those around us and seeking out the help we need. After all, fighting mental illness is all about survival. This is when talk has value.
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The longer we wait, the worse we feel; therefore, it becomes more and more imperative that we open up and talk about the pervasive mental pain we are enduring. Remember, our ancestors took the risk because they were dealing with life or death. I can’t help but feel that this is true of those of us who suffer from mental illness too.
So, we must fight like hell to win the war that we didn’t ask for, that interrupted our lives and landed us in hell. Nonetheless, this has become our reality. Fight on, my friends.
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