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Once someone has been diagnosed with a mental illness, will they ever get better?

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Last Updated: 10/26/2020 at 1:29am
Once someone has been diagnosed with a mental illness, will they ever get better?
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January 27th, 2018 3:26am
When someone is diagnosed with a mental illness, there is always the possibility that they will get "better", especially with therapy, coping techniques, even medications and all the other ways that will alleviate the negative symptoms of the mental disorder. Yet, whether they will be "cured", depends on the mental illness. For example, there are some mental illnesses caused by genetics, deformations of the brain, and chemical imbalances: mental illnesses caused by these factors are never going to go away completely, but they can and will get better if an effort is put into it, even in most cases to a point where whoever in question can live a normal and happy life.
January 14th, 2018 4:33pm
Being diagnosed means you are able to get the help you need. Chances are you still had your condition before being diagnosed. Though now that you are, professionals can help you can the correct medication and therapy. If you have been diagnosed, consider it the next step on your journey to achieving a better you.
May 3rd, 2018 11:05pm
If by better you mean can it be controlled to a degree then yes. Through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and a close monitoring of medicines which seek to bring mood stability. Google the specific mental illness you want to find out more about to answer your question on can yours get better with current methods. I only know mine, it does not improve, will not and has specific ends ahead, but it can be slowed. Age is a factor as is exercise, diet and other activities you can engage in. Bottom line take charge of your own treatment and be proactive in your care.
May 24th, 2019 4:52am
A diagnosis is often the beginning to becoming better. Many people suffer the affects of mental illness and never discover the real cause of these symptoms. Once you have gone to a therapist, psychologist, or similar professional and it is determined that you have a mental illness, the next step is to continue on your path to self improvement. For some people, that path looks like visits to a psychiatrist and taking medicine to minimize the symptoms of their illness. Another option is talking to a therapist or psychologist to work through your problems. Other times it is entirely possible to do the hard work yourself with a little bit of research. If you have been diagnosed with a mental illness, do not give up hope !! There are many ways for you to get better, no matter what the diagnosis.
November 11th, 2019 3:16am
Yes, while having a diagnosis can feel hopeless its actually far from it. With the help of a good, strong support system such as doctors, family, friends, teachers, therapists, listeners and even pets people can manage their mental illnesses and thrive. There are many valid ways you can get treatment for a mental illness such as therapy, medication, exercise, self care, and many more. The options are as numerous as diverse as the people who experience the conditions. You will always have the mental illness but you might not experience symptoms as often or intensely and that relief can feel much better.
June 22nd, 2020 3:34am
A person who had been diagnosed with a mental illness may sometimes feel like it will never get better. but I know in my heart it will even if I do not know ones situations. The time will eventually come. It may take a while. Maybe months or even possibly years till it gets better, but I guarantee it will eventually happen. Have HOPE. have FAITH. at least please TRY. Know your value. Know that there are many resources available including 7 Cups that can listen about what you are going through. You are not alone. You can fight and overcome whatever mental illness you are experiencing. Believe in yourself. Yes. It will get better even if you feel like it won’t.
August 31st, 2020 5:55am
Whether someone who has been diagnosed with mental illness will ever get better depends on many factors: type of mental illness (some mental illnesses are easier treatable than others and some might even be curable to an extent; some mental illnesses are progressive and other aren't progressive and stay the same all the time, some mental illnesses relapse and go into remissions in cycles, etc), It depends also on possibility to treat the mental illness, severity of mental illness, ability to cope with mental illness, ability to adapt evironment to person with mental illness, ability of person with mental illness to perform daily tasks, go to work, do domestic chores, care for children if they have got any, etc.
Anonymous - Expert in General Mental Health
October 26th, 2020 1:29am
Depends on their outlook and how hard they work towards getting better. Going into therapy and getting a diagnosis does not necessarily guarantee a successful outcome if you don't put in the work. Be completely transparent with your therapist, proactively complete the exercises and activities they recommend, and ask questions pertaining to your recovery. Mental illnesses are difficult to overcome but the right outlook combined with a therapist with who you develop a good rapport will definitely help you get better. I think therapy and getting medication is definitely a step in the right direction and I wish you luck with your recovery.