8 Components of Healing From Serious Mental Illness

By Sandhya

October 3,2022

Affect dysregulation; Participants reported that trauma made control difficult

Distorted self and other concepts; relationship difficulties: Trauma leads to having distorted views of self and others.

Meaninglessness:For some participants, this lack of meaning meant they felt out of control, worthless, had no aim in life, and foreshadowed the tomorrow

Existential fears: Some participants suffered from witnessing the death of a family member 

Self-acceptance: embracing emotions and changing perceptions of symptoms: Transformation began in some participants by seeing their signs in a new light 

Self-exploration: connecting with past trauma: For some in this study, having a mental illness was a turning point in their healing journey

Self-worth: redefining self-concept and self-other relationships: Experiencing trauma often hinders the development of a positive self-concept

Self-fulfillment, serving others, community, and humanity: Post-traumatic growth encouraged some participants to care for others, to engage in community

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