What does recovery look like from mental illness?
First, there’s no cure for mental illness and no remission. Also, there’s no recovered — but there is recovery. It’s an active moment-by-moment effort with lots of supports, services and perhaps medication. There will be regression, relapse and the possibility of a future psychotic break and starting over again. (Recently I learned that it takes a minimum of two years for the brain to heal after a break. I’m on year 5.)
What does recovery look like? Here’s a photo to illustrate what it looks like for me.