Apr 162014
 

You may have to deal with expressions of condemnation. I remember once, in the period of pre-homelessness, I went to an emergency room for help after downing a bottle of aspirin (long story). Then they sent a mental health person in–a social worker–to help me. She had zero empathy. Anyway, at some point, I asked her if she thought I would ever regain independence and emotional stability. Her response was basically no, believe it or not. Or not much hope for that. Now, how to deal with a message like that—internalize it, or use it as fighting words for yourself, a mantra, the opposite of her message? I WILL recover emotional stability and regain independence. Strangely, what she said to me may have helped me in the long run.ponse was basically no, believe it or not. Or not much hope for that. Now, how to deal with a message like that–internalize it, or use it as fighting words for yourself, a mantra, the opposite of her message: I WILL recover emotional stability and regain independence. Strangely, what she said to me may have helped me, in the long run.

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