The mileau of the psychiatric community can be felt as if you are stuck via socializing agents, conditioning and the existing restrictive capacity of your health. It can be a limiting factor when trying to give leverage to your given reality. It can lead all too often to resignation and the giving up on any kind of dream. The psychiatric culture unfortunately tends to breed passivity fostered by a solicitious nannying state which does not require anything of the us other than to be consigned to self-limiting situations. There are no expectations placed on the psychiatric patient other than to accept the mantle of being sick. This creates a restricted personal agency in the world when we should be the authors of their own lives. There is no incentive to act as there are in fact intrinsic rewards and payoffs in playing the “sick role”. They do not encourage any kind of facets of ones abilities that further the extension of growth and the exploration new realities and possibility.
We can remain in a situation of treading water, placing too much emphasis on a dry safety-net of psychiatric care while existing in a state of passivity and inaction. By learning to engage our self autonomy and degree of self responsibility growth can be a natural state of being and the order of the new day – a willingness to adapt, take risks without even anticipating the consequences rather than the familiarity of non-impetus. We can elect to accept an invitation to our self transformation or we can sever ourselves from this fundamental truth. Its our choice to live in entropy and hinged to beleagured and restructive situations and the wretchedness of life.
Self reliance and responsibility is rarely encouraged as the human pathologies of frustration, limitation and suffering are the only attributes assigned to a patient. These are the only defining self concepts and identification one can rightfully have . It is in that sense that we can deviate from social expectations of even having to take rightful ownership of our lives.
I feel people need to welcome the prospect of growth and not succumb to assuming the identity of being just a "patient" or a psychiatric survivor. It need not define somebody or de-limit them on subtle levels of classification. The thought of embarking on any new is often filled with self doubt, self sabotage and even a lack of willingness to enquire. It all seems as if it is a fait acompli and it conjures up impossible situations where an obligation to act seems out of the question and that is beyond our very capacities and reserves.
We need not indulge ourselves in our suffering and use it as our excuse or tribal wound and act as if we are blighted by the fog that veils our true self. Choice always exits within a larger scale and we don't have to be victims of our medical pathology. The veiled truth is that reality bestows many things only if we are willing to act. We have not drawn the short straw. The axiom that we can go beyond this grotesque handicap is a ever ready possibility as all things come to you once you change your inner dialogue. Then your outer world will reflect this reality.
We need to begin taking responsibility today not tomorrow not ever and begin enlarging our scope of endeavour beyond the purview of docility. Our sense of self demands of us that we expand with small steps that have immediate payoffs rather than strident attempts to dramatically overhaul our very lives. Through the process of passivity granted to us through society via health bankruptcy and lack of expectations it can create a state of devolving and disengagement from life. We relinquish our very lives by which we perceive the hand of fate pitted against us in the most blighting of ways. Hopes and dreams can easily fall by the wayside as our lives take on a drab pallour as a result of the prevailing wind.
It is an easy option then to abide in a state of mediocrity, feeling comfortable in non-action and familiarity rather than answering our own unique and beckoning call. Through this inner distortion we ignore the existing power within us to rise again and renew our lives, face its dilemmas boldly and start to commune with it directly being our own co-creator of our destinies. We let ourselves easily off the hook and we can succumb to a stark and bland reality of colorless inertia.
Now is the time to accept a new mantle of “no compromise” and to trade our situations for possibility. Through answering our heart's call due to the intolerable situations we have thusly previously created we can make manifest the incredible opportunities through the medicine contained within your recovery. You are then no longer a victim or have a life that has been lent a definition by virtue of your disease.
The contents of your life may have been felt to be temporarily lost forever but they are essentially intrinsic to you and are the key to your ultimate future. Don't allow yourself to be caught in the drag net of a scar clan that has no capacity to propel itself beyond the periphery of the mental machinations and the nondescript realities. We live within a lllusionary celebration of anguish plaguing our community as some kind of rite of passage. Through having structure to our lives, stepping up to the plate and taking ownership of our very existence we can avoid this type of regressive socialization which plays a decisive role in the expression of our life chance which lays dormant within us.
Our self concept and the way we interract are affected by the internalization of our inherent worth. Following a breakdown we are shunted to the bottom of the socioeconomic scale. Therefore we can come to see ourselves as something "less than" which can deeply entrench our personal paradigms. Yes what has happened to us certainly makes us different and nobody outside the system can come to begin to understand that painful life-changing trajectory. But quietly existing within the confines of psychiatric culture where we are accepted and are afforded some level of esteem from our peers creates a kind of stunted growth. This is because you become indoctrinated into the codification of wounds and the powerlessness granted by group normative sanctions offering no permission to be something more than you are
So we can end up as a corollary of this just drifting through life as we have no commitments, no working schedule or any sense of responsibility. The only strategic position to then accept is that of a victim within a sub-culture that is resistant to change and just dropping out of society altogether. There exists no moral evaluations for why we live the way we do from insiders and doing nothing except existing in a deviant modus-operandi as the normative way of being. Mainstream culture shunts psychiatric patients on both social and economic levels so the strategic position is to therefore assume a lifestyle of living in a sub-stratum of society that does not expect much and penalizes those that do because of group-think.
In order to get from A-B begins with self responsibility and taking charge of ones life is not something that is actively drummed into people with mental illness. Its given some lip service but its not a given. The mentally ill have been stamped with legitimated no-can-do from a hive of well-meaning professionals. People then just get automatically disqualified from participating in the world and just accept the notion that they cannot advance themselves in any appreciable way. Thus alienated from economic and social mores of acceptability the subculture becomes the organiser of values and articulator of hegemonics.
Taking ownership is the only thing one must be called upon to do but the assumption of responsibility is mitigated by so many factors that the possibility seems daunting. But being your own instigator of change requires that you only say consciously that you express a willingness to change and take responsibility in whatever small way it means to you. Then over the days, weeks and coming months and years you become less of a product of reality but instead make life congruent with your hopes and dreams.
It begins by identifying where you seek change and consciously and deliberately EVERY day addressing all the subconscious mind traps that seek to de-limit you. It can be acknowledging things you have been indoctrinated with growing up, whether it people said “it wasn't possible” or the people that have inadvertedly hurt you. This can be accomplished via changing the mind through things like affirmations which you tailor to your unique stumbling blocks in life and after a while you can begin to witness the stranglehold they have had over your life lessen. You needn't be held captive to conditioning, self limiting beliefs or negatively imposed values. It begins with self responsibility and saying yes to life.