Mark Hanrahan on Recovering from a Mental Health Condition

Recovery can’t be rushed. It can be a long and difficult process for everyone. Also, paired with the treatment, you must find novel ways to learn to live with the challenges and changes this recovery will create in your life.

Recovery Stages According to Mark Hanrahan

Recovering from a mental health condition is a unique process for every person going through it, but there are some common stages we can describe to provide you with a general idea.


  1. Shock. Dealing with something so complicated and so terrifying can shock even the “strongest” individuals. This is particularly true since you’ve never had to experience something like this before.


  1. Denial. Most people face difficulty in accepting they have a health problem, especially one that can be so hard to explain and, even more so, to understand.


  1. Despair and anger. As mentioned above, this is a hard and terrifying process for anybody so dealing with it and all the difficulties that come with it are bound to evoke emotions of despair and anger. The patient might also feel incompetent and frustrated.


  1. Acceptance. The first important step is accepting you have a condition and that with it, comes changes that you have no control over. There will also be other changes you will have to create yourself. You will also have to accept how you will look to others so you can prepare yourself and also work on changing how you see yourself.


  1. Coping. This is related to changing how you see yourself. You will need to find new ways to coexist with and deal with the challenges and changes this mental health condition will send your way.


According to Mark Hanrahan, recovery is different for everybody. Most of the time, though, those that are trying to cope with mental health problems require support. Many will also need to get a change of surroundings.

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There is no one particular proven method to help people recover from depression or anxiety since it will be different for each individual. Different variations of depression or anxiety will require different treatments.


Most treatments include incorporating lifestyle changes like healthy eating, adequate sleep and physical activity. “Some people dealing will addictions might really want help but cannot seem to follow through with their plans to stop,” says Mark Hanrahan. This is why peer and family support, paired with psychological therapy will prove to be very important in the steps towards recovery from a mental health condition since this process can take a higher toll on the person suffering from it.


“If someone has been an addict for ten years, how can we expect to see them fully recover in 30, 60 or even 90 days?” says Mark Hanrahan. The same principle applies, to a higher extent, to dealing with mental health conditions. They have been going on for so long that we can’t expect them to disappear with two to three weeks of therapy and some meds. The important thing is getting the support and treatment that is most appropriate for your condition, and take your time in this process.

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