Read Demi Lovato's Message to Anyone Dealing With Mental Illness
We love that Demi Lovato has been nothing but vocal about her struggles with addiction, cutting, and bipolar and eating disorders, but we love her more because she's so generous in sharing the lessons and advice about what she makes of those experiences. Below are Demi's thoughts about having and dealing with mental illness as told to People magazine.
- It's possible to live well with mental illness.
"If you know someone or if you're dealing with it yourself, just know that it is possible to live well. I'm living proof of that." Demi says that her family has been there for her "at any moment of the day" and will remain supportive all throughout her recovery.
- Keep an ongoing relationship with your therapist or psychiatrist.
"You have to take care of yourself." She stresses that having mental illness can't be treated by just one visit to the doctor. It's not just a one time thing.
- Know that every day is a work in progress.
"I take it one day at a time and for today I'm doing great." Demi herself is working towards her fifth year of being sober in 2017.
- When you feel the urge to hurt yourself, look for a distraction.
"It's cool to be able to come out with games for phones that can maybe be a distraction for someone when they're thinking about doing something that can be harmful to themselves." Her weapon of choice? A game called Zombarrazzie Adventure.
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When everything around you suddenly turns dark, the first thing we'd prolly do, as humans, is to find and grab anything that is closest and nearest to us. We'll hold onto them for as long as we can, trying to collect ourselves and gather courage to adjust our eyesights to the pitch black environment that's consuming us minute by minute. And then you'd hear nothing. Your sense of hearing would somehow go off after not seeing anything for quite awhile. You'll let loose. Cry. Panic. You'll be exhausted for fighting your way out. Then just when you're about to stop and give up, you're no longer afraid. There's only this deafening silence and pithole of darkness that's gonna eat you up alive. And surprisingly, you'll make a home out of it.
You'll make a home out of the darkness that when a ray of light suddenly hits you, you'll try to avoid it. You'll try to cover your eyes. You'll try to cover your ears from the voices trying to help you get out of it. You'll try to hide because your mind and body will go against your will to come out and live. Because the darkness that used to scare you, now comforts you in a way you thought has helped you survived life. And you'll try to live. Day by day. In the darkness. Not knowing where to go. Not knowing where to start. Not knowing who is with you. You will try to live until the darkness that once surrounds you is now within you. And everyday, it's gonna be a cycle of subtle torture. But let me tell you a secret. The darkness won't make you whole.
You'll be broken. And in those hair-like cracks, the light will stubbornly fight its way through until it warms you up. Until you realize to check the switch and turn it on. Until you allow other people to help you find your way back in the light. Until you realize you're ready to live in light again. There's a light at the end of this long and dreading tunnel. The only question that matters: will you let them in?
I always thought of life, like a bead where each piece makes it worth sewing together with other piece of beads to make a stronger bond and to create a beautiful result. Today, how do we bond well with different people especially this difficult time? As this day challenges us to a new normal, may we continue to bead along positively with our life.