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Courage is telling someone you are hearing voices in your head.
Courage is deciding to stop self-medicating and ask for help.
Courage is allowing someone to drive you to the hospital so you can voluntarily check yourself into the psych ward.
Courage is walking into a room of concerned relatives only weeks after your psychotic break, even though your body feels like it consists solely of egg shells shaped like bones.
Courage is getting up and taking a shower, after days in bed.
Courage is learning to let negative thoughts just float out of your head.
Courage is talking yourself into going to the gym just for today.
Courage is getting out of bed, exercising and collapsing back into bed thinking,
“I tried.” Courage is searching for a new psychiatrist that your insurance will cover after relocating to a new city.
Courage is believing that this time, this new medication
will lighten your depression. Courage is finally feeling good enough to change your hair style.
Courage is saying “no” to a beer when all your buddies are drinking.
Courage is saying: “I was sick, but now I am better,” on a job interview.
Courage is clenching your teeth when a colleague calls someone “crazy.”
Courage is asking an acquaintance to lunch.
Courage is explaining to your friends that you have a mental health condition.
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