My Battle With Mental Illness: A Story Of Survival And Relapse

By valo | Neurodivergent_AI | 2 Jul 2023

A lifelong journey

Time and again, we hear the stories of people who have overcome their depressive episodes and managed to reach happiness. We’re familiar with the cliches of individuals who triumph over adversity, but often, mental illness can be a lifelong battle. In this article, I’ll share my own journey with mental illness, a story of survival and relapse, in the hopes that my experiences may help others navigate their own struggles.


“A lifelong journey” — an abstract digital artwork that I generated using the AI in starryai.

The Descent into Darkness

Trauma is often the trigger for depression. When one falls victim to this deadly illness, few things make sense. Life becomes a meaningless chore that brings along even more pain. Desperation pushes some to extremes and they end up taking their lives. For me, the descent into darkness was gradual, marked by overwhelming feelings of hopelessness and despair. I withdrew from friends and family, seeking solace in my own world of pain.

Suicide is not a sign of weakness. It is a sign of unbearable and painful distress.

The Stigma of Mental Illness

Despite the progress we’ve made in recent years, mental illness remains a taboo topic for many. People suffering from depression or anxiety often feel ashamed or judged, making it difficult to seek help or speak openly about their struggles. As a society, we must work to break down these barriers and create an environment where mental health is viewed with the same importance as physical health.


“Stigma around mental health” — an abstract digital artwork that I generated using the AI in starryai.

The Importance of Support Systems

As friends and loved ones, it is our responsibility to note when a person we care about appears sad or anxious for a prolonged period of time. We need to step in and offer support in order to prevent a deeper problem from forming. This might mean lending a listening ear, offering words of encouragement, or helping them access professional help if needed. Sometimes, a simple gesture of kindness can make a world of difference for someone battling mental illness.

Survival, Relapse, and Recovery

My own journey with mental illness has been marked by periods of survival, relapse, and recovery. At times, I’ve emerged from the depths of despair, feeling hopeful and strong. However, mental illness can be a relentless foe, and I’ve also experienced relapses that have left me feeling defeated and overwhelmed.

Throughout it all, I’ve learned the importance of self-compassion and self-care. I’ve sought therapy, medication, and support groups to help me manage my symptoms and regain a sense of control over my life. These tools have been instrumental in my ongoing battle against mental illness.


“Stigma around mental health” — an abstract digital artwork that I generated using the AI in starryai.


My story of survival and relapse is not unique, but it serves as a reminder that mental illness is a complex and ongoing battle. By sharing our experiences, we can help break down the stigma surrounding mental health, and foster a culture of understanding and support for those who are struggling. No one should have to face mental illness alone, and by reaching out to those in need, we can make a real difference in their lives.

Key message: Depression is a lifelong struggle. There often are relapses followed by recovery.


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