I’m late posting this, but I did note it when I received the email about it. And it’s better late than never. Bring Change 2 Mind is an organization founded by Glenn Close. A couple of weeks ago, they had ‘Hope’ week.
Following from the post today about NAMI’s CBT article for psychosis, I wanted to address Hope when it comes to mental illness.
It is important–for those diagnosed and for friends, family and associates–to have hope when it comes to a mental illness. After I posted the NAMI post, I thought, in general: Why do you think they have medications and therapy for mental illness? It may not be obvious, but I think these things spring from Hope for the betterment of people with mental illness.
Thus, when I say CBT may be a very good therapy for all sorts of things, that is not based on something like mere faith. It is based on evidence. The evidence is that therapies like CBT work.
It is also, I think, a statement of Hope because it presumes that one can, if not fully recover, at least get better and have symptoms diminish. Hope and evidence do not, then, seem to be at odds with one another.
It’s easy for people to think that a situation is so dire it will never get better. It is also easy for people to assume that when one has a mental illness, one will continually get worse and worse.
But that’s not the evidence. The evidence is that, with proper treatments and support, one can get better.
That’s the evidence. And that’s hope.