To heal implies a resolution of a condition or a disappearance of a wound. To heal implies a cure, a complete reversal of illness. It’s my experience and opinion that we never truly heal from a mental illness.
Mental illnesses like depression, anxiety disorders, and PTSD don’t disappear. Symptoms may diminish and sometimes we can learn how to carve out a way to live day by day with them, but we are not healed. We are altered, forever changed by the experiences of pain, trauma, and the uncontrollable emotions these illnesses inflict.
Everyone’s experience is as unique as a cloud in the sky. Our illnesses manifest individualized and fluid. Each of us rides the wave knowing that when the next wave comes we will be changed. Hopefully we can ride the latest wave with more balance and skill.
We may improve and our demons become less visible, but we never heal.