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Recovering, Not Recovered

“By talking about recovery as a straight shot from misery to contentment, we silence people whose journeys are non-linear.”

When people ask me how I “recovered” after an episode of bipolar disorder, I sometimes feel as if they are inspecting a piece of ancient pottery. I am suddenly being examined for thumbprints, toolmarks. “Oh, there’s the long list of drugs that did more harm than good.” “Look, there is some evidence of electro-convulsive therapy.” “Wow, look at all those therapists who were too kind to be effective.” “Here’s a faint imprint of intensive outpatient programs.”

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