Do you use a cell phone? How about a radio? Have you ever screwed in a light bulb or had an X-ray? If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” you have benefited from the contributions of a person with a serious psychiatric condition.
Have you been awed by the accomplishments and courage of a man who went to the moon? If so, you have respected a person with a serious psychiatric condition.
Enjoyed the artistic genius of Beethoven or Van Gogh? Your life has been enriched by people with serious mental illnesses.
Our lives have been touched in many positive ways by people with psychiatric disorders. Some have won Nobel prizes, walked on the moon, won wars and become actors and actresses, business tycoons and renowned scientists.
Those who have moved forward in their recovery journeys are often called “exceptions.” In fact, many are exceptional. But recovery is not an exception. It is a reality for many. Open your eyes and hearts to recognize fellow human beings with challenges that can be overcome. Give people with mental illnesses and addictions the opportunity to grow, change and contribute. People with psychiatric challenges can and do make our world better every day.
Shira Greenfield is a licensed clinical professional counselor and is the clinical manager of Outpatient Behavioral Health Services for Centegra Health System.
Centegra Behavioral Health Services offers inpatient, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs for adults with mental health issues and partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs for adults who struggle with addiction to alcohol and other drugs.
Additionally, there are three psychologists within Centegra Physician Care who see people age 10 and older on an outpatient basis for a variety of psychological issues.
Contact 800-765-9999 for more information.