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Painted Brain | There Is A Silver Lining To Mental Illness
“There’s a tremendous need to implode the myths of mental illness
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THERE IS A SILVER LINING TO MENTAL ILLNESS


“It is as if Freud supplied us the sick half of psychology and we must now fill it out with the healthy half.”

~Abraham Maslow

In dealing with mental illness, as in any endeavor, whether they are professionals in mental health, or those who have been through it themselves, more than a few choose to break the “sound barrier”, the stigma of mental illness in different ways, and have become role models for us all. Elyn Saks is one of them.

Here are a few of her choicest quotes.

“Don’t focus on it,” she said. “Don’t define yourself in terms of something which even many highly trained and gifted professionals do not fully understand.”

“Occupying my mind with complex problems has been my best and most powerful and most reliable defense against my mental illness.”

“There’s a tremendous need to implode the myths of mental illness, to put a face on it, to show people that a diagnosis does not have to lead to a painful and oblique life….We who struggle with these disorders can lead full, happy, productive lives if we have the right resources.”

“If you are walking on a path thick with brambles and rocks, a path that abruptly twists and turns, it’s easy to get lost, or tired, or discouraged. You might be tempted to give up entirely. But if a kind and patient person comes along and takes your hand, saying, “I see you’re having a hard time- here, follow me, I’ll help you find your way,” the path becomes manageable, the journey less frightening.”

“My good fortune is not that I’ve recovered from mental illness. I have not, nor will I ever. My good fortune lies in having found my life.”

Elyn Saks is the author of “The Center Cannot Hold

Elyn Saks on Wikipedia

Click to view her Ted Talk here:


Kazuki Takizawa

“In my Japanese culture, we sometimes refer to an individual as a vessel. Some vessels are large and can hold a lot of what life throws at it, others are small and tend to tip over much easier.”

“The harmonization of the radically different, such as violence and meditation, spontaneity and meticulousness, and destruction and repair is found in the process, as well as the result of my work.”

Website: www.kazukitakizawa.com

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