How my Mental Illness has Benefitted Me


While looking online, I always see the negatives of having a mental illness. People post why they hate their mental illness and why they wish they never had it.  A lot of the post that I have seen focuses on the negative aspect of the illness and not what they have learned from it. This has got me thinking about a couple of things, one of them including how I believe my mental illness had benefitted me. Now, I know that this is throwing myself out of the complete spectrum from other people but hey, sometimes a person must do what they got to do. Below, I’ve compelled a list of how my illness has benefitted me.

  1. It helped me to become more compassionate towards others. I have noticed that when it comes towards others, I am more compassionate. I relate to people more than what I have ever before and tend to be more empathic towards their problems. It could be the smallest thing and chances are, you will get empathy from me.
  2. Helped me to become a great listener. I’ve learned that along with being compassionate, I have also become a great listener. I am more than willing to listen to a person’s problems and comfort them whenever they need it.
  3. Once placed on my medicine, my true personality bloomed.  Yes, that is right. My true personality actually came out with my mental illness. People actually saw who I was as a person when I was placed on medicine rather than being that shy, awkward person.
  4. I am able to show more emotions. I am more accepting of my emotions and therefore, I am more willing to share my emotions with others without caring what others think about them. I’ve broken down in front of people before but it has proven that yes, I do have emotions just like everyone else and I am not as emotionless as once thought.
  5. I am unique. Everyone who has a mental illness is unique within their own way because each person who has it has a unique symptom. Also, let me add to the fact that people who tend to have a mental illness tend to be rather interesting people in general. Their lives are full of stories, some that others cannot even imagine.
  6. I have matured as a person. I have grown as a person dealing with all that I have dealt with. With all the struggle and pain that I have dealt with, I have grown into a strong and rather independent person, someone who can be admired by a lot of my peers and by people who do not know me. It makes me proud to be me.
  7. It has showed me who my real friend were. That is right, it showed me who were the people who were there for me and not just faking it and I am grateful for it. Yes, it was hurtful to lose some friends but you know, I am glad to have a close, tightly knitted friendships that I do.
  8. I have become an advocate for those with Mental Illnesses.  This is a big one for me, especially with all the stigma that happens around. I have become rather outspoken with my mental illness and I am not afraid to tell people about them. It is something that – in my mind – if I educate people, the more understanding people are going to be able mental illness itself. Society needs to see people who suffer from mental illness in person, not see it from the media. That way, it helps in order to prevent any negative stigma from generating. Negative stigma means people who have mental illness refuses to seek the help they desperately need.

So this is my list that I have compelled. There are more positives but my mind is incapable of thinking of them at the moment. Please, let me know what you think!

2 thoughts on “How my Mental Illness has Benefitted Me

  1. First of all, this is one of the best titles I’ve seen on here – the content is even better. As a community, there is a lot of pessimism on here so it is nice to read more uplifting topics such as your post.

    I can really relate to number 3 – not completely mind. Just in those small, precious moments where my real self shines through. Most of the time I feel trapped within myself, but those moments have to stand right?

    Also I’m working on number 4 -as a very rational minded person I think this will be the challenge of my life! I don’t suppose you have any advice on how to express yourself emotively?


    • I am glad that you enjoy it. As a person who deals with Bipolar, I once thought negatively about my illness. I broke down and cried when I found out I was diagnosed with it. However, once placed on medicine, I’ve noticed that I am better off with it. It makes me a different person, and some of us need to be a bit different at times.

      As for showing more emotions, it did take some time and getting used to. I really had to grow comfortable around the people that I was with in order to express them – which more often than not could take over a year or so. What I do like to do is explain my illness to other people because more often than not, that is the cause of the holding back of emotions.

      Also, if you express you emotions differently, I always recommend telling them. I had to tell someone recently that “Hey, I know that I might seem cold around you but I really do care for you. Generally, I express myself with writing..” Usually then people will understand a bit more. If they don’t they aren’t worth your time.

      Hope this helped. 🙂


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