Understanding Mental Illness
A mental illness is also referred to as having a mental disease and at times can become so severe that the person diagnosed with this illness may be referred to as a psychopath. As soon as the word psychopath is heard it is usually used in reference to having antisocial characteristics. Yet I believe this classification is a bit skewed. However when I hear the word psychopath I do not envision a person with unsociable traits.
Instead I perceive an individual that does not have the mental capacity to comprehend their actions as harmful. In fact I believe these individuals prefer to blend into the fabric of society, unnoticed and well aware of their action. The problem I believe is that because a psychopath does not have the mental capacity to comprehend their actions as harmful, it allows for them to have an impaired capacity for remorse. Not because they do not feel the pain they cause but because they do not perceive what they do as negative.
Determining Dual Diagnosis
The reason I have defined mental illness in such a way as to describe is by my definition of a psychopath, was to allow for you all to understand that my mindset. This is due to the simple fact that I do not approve of how society defines something that I believe is related to. With the help of professionals and friends I have come to realize that I do suffer from “dual diagnosis.” This simply meant that I suffer from both substance abuse and a mental illness.
Defining Substance Abuse and Mental Illness
The textbook definition of a mental illness is “any disease of the mind; the psychological state of someone who has emotional or behavioral problems serious enough to require psychiatric intervention.” As well the textbook definition of substance abuse is known as the “overindulgence in or dependence on an addictive substance, especially alcohol or drugs.” With that being said the hardest part is that the only way to fully recover is to be treated for both problems. In most cases they must be treated simultaneously.
I am getting sober again, I have said it before but this time around I really do believe that I mean it. This is a long road to recover that I handle on a day to day basis. I do not know what tomorrow holds and at times I do not even know why I have done the things that I have done in my past. All I really know that I feel better with each day I share one of my stories with anyone that is willing to stumble on to my blog an give it a read.