In this post, I am going to discuss how ‘stable’ and ‘functioning’ are what people actually mean when they say they’re recovering from, or in recovery for, mental illness.
If someone recovers from cancer, it means they no longer have cancer!
So, recovery, to me, is not a good term to be used in regards to progress made by those diagnosed with mental illness(es).
For many, mental illness is something they will have for their entire lives. Especially, when it has been labeled as chronic and/or more severe.
I think there are better terms that are already being used. As noted, ‘stable’ or ‘functioning’. But, not recovery.
Am I ‘stable’ and ‘functioning’? For the most part, I am, yes. But, there are a plethora of problems with my mental health.
These problems have mainly to do with self-care, and the gamut of mental health symptoms I experience with having schizoaffective disorder (depressive type).