A lot of people with mental health diagnosis today feel or believe that they will never achieve in life as much as others with no such diagnosis. I can really empathise with people in this situation. Recently I had a meeting with my consultant in regards to reviewing my medication. I requested that he sees me at home for my review. Upon his arrival we spoke about my career and the things I have achieved. He was actually in denial and questioned my diagnosis. He kept praising me for my insightful knowledge into my diagnosis and on the other hand said that people with my diagnosis don't really do as well as I was doing. He even made mentioned of him researching further into my diagnosis. This is a professional that I was telling how I was feeling and have explained all my symptoms but still felt the need to say that people with my kind of condition do not do this well. For me this goes to show that anyone can achieve anything . However, its a shame that still in the 21st century people think of mental health suffers as under achievers.
My message to you is that you can be whoever you want to be in life regardless of your diagnosis. Most recently I came across professor Elyn Saks who has a diagnosis of schizophrenia and also very high functioning. One thing I also acknowledge is that everyone coping mechanism is different but with the right support you can do much better. Please do not give in to societal stigma and beliefs that your life is a dead rope. Keep pushing to achieve anything you want to achieve in life. Make yourself happy and take your medication. Make sure you expose yourself to only positive things in life. Speak out and try and make friends with people who tend to understand you, with such support I feel you too can bridge the Gap of the stigma and stereotypes that people with mental health issues suffers.
Together we can use the social media as a scissors to cut off this societal stigma and stereotypes.
Music they say is the food of love and love conquers hate. Music is very powerful in the sense that it keeps our mind, soul, and body nourished with love and feel good hormone. Music give us good memory and help to heal from a broken heart as well as traumatic experience. Music help make one feel happy.
For me I have use music to help enhance my healing. Music help me to cope with the enormity of my psychological and emotional distress after my discharge from hospital with a diagnosis of psychosis as well as accelerate my recovery journey. I have DJ for so many years and still now when am experiencing a low mood and perceptual abnormalities, I use music to energise myself. There are different types of music, for example music for relaxation, reminiscence, healing, love, and those that reminds one of sad times. It is also important to know that certain type of music can even make one vent their anger in a wrong way. So I will advice that people are mindful of what sort of music they listen to. That being said Music has been shown to help in mental health recovery. Several research has pointed to the effectiveness of music in mental health recovery and this is why you may have observed, that even in hospital wards recently, music is use to help improve service users mood.
Music is therapeutic and invaluable in coping with mental health illness. I am able to live a meaningful and fulfilling life and cope with my studies at Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Queen Mary University Of London and London South Bank University by drawing inspiration from artists like U2, Bon Jovi, Guns & Roses, Frank Sinatra, Jay Z, Mary J Blige, Pharell Williams, Black Eyed Peas, Brandy, R Kelly, Britney Spears, Christina Agueliera, Destiny Child, Mariah Carey, Snap, Culture Beat, UB 40, Bob Marley, Backstreet Boys, Faith Hill, Shania Twain, Beyonce, Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Tiesto, Martin Garrix, Avincii, Pit bull, Neyo, Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Sean Paul, Taylor Swift, Lionel Richie, Demi Lovato, Michael Jackson, Adele, Darlene Zshech, Kirk Franklin, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, Timberland, T Pain, Kenny Rodgers, Dolly Paton, Will Smith, and many more.
I must say that music alone cannot help you with your recovery journey, you have to take your prescribed medication, have good protective factors, as well as have talking therapies.