I’m a therapist who works with veterans, and I’ve noticed a pattern in my clients that doesn’t make sense to me. They will sometimes respond well to treatment but, when I’m talking to them, they seem to have a hard time engaging in it.
I’ve had a client ask me if I am a therapist now. “No,” I said, “I’ve been a therapist since the 90s. I graduated from a doctorate program in 1992. Since then I’ve been working with veterans for 13 years.” I can’t help my clients understand that even though I am an academic and a therapist, I am also a person.
So that makes sense, right? I guess so. I used to be pretty good at “working” with clients, but that was only because I was working with people who were actually behaving in certain ways. They were behaving in certain ways because they were learning things and making progress towards their goals.
If a person is behaving in certain ways, and is not learning anything about themselves, then they cannot learn and progress towards their goals. In other words, people with mental illnesses can’t do therapy.
I think that’s a pretty accurate statement. In fact, I’ve worked with a lot of people who don’t get better, but they do learn things and progress towards their goals. It’s just that most people with mental illnesses can’t learn and progress because they don’t have the ability to learn.
Therapy is a lot like therapy, in fact. It’s all about learning how to do the right thing, right now. It’s all about progress and learning so that you can move on to your goals.
I think the term “mental illnesses” is a bit of a misnomer. People suffering from mental illnesses are just people who suffer from mental illnesses. As a result, I think it is important to distinguish the two. Mental illnesses can be physical, but do not include a person’s emotions, thoughts, or feelings. A mental illness is a disease that affects a person’s ability to think, feel, or perform.
mental illnesses include depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and many others. A person whose mental illness is not in remission is considered to be in a state of remission and is not considered to be ill. This is why I say that a person can still be mentally ill even when they are in a state of remission. A person who is in a state of remission is not mentally ill and can still suffer from mental illness.
A state of remission is not necessarily a state of physical healing. The ability to think, feel, and perform is not a physical healing mechanism. It’s not like you have a fever, but you can still feel like you’re in the fever. You can still perform your favorite hobby, and feel like you are on the verge of a breakthrough. That’s the state of remission, not a physical healing mechanism.
People with mental illness have to find ways to cope with the reality of their illness. They feel like they can’t do everything. They feel like they can’t do whatever they want. They feel like they can’t function, and they can’t work. They can’t act normally. They can’t have normal relationships. They can’t be normal. They can’t have normal lives.