An Answer for Our Toughest Battle of the Day

January 16, 2017 / Alex Hanna  / 
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Originally posted on NAMI. Feature image is also sourced from NAMI.
By Danei Edelen and Alex Hanna | Jan. 11, 2017

My psychiatrist once said to me, “The most important issue for anyone with a mental health condition is sleep.” At the time, I agreed with him, but I didn’t fully understand his comment. Like many with a mental health condition, I have struggled with sleep—getting out of bed every morning is always a challenge—but I didn’t understand why.

Getting up each day is just something people do. Even if reluctantly, most people can muster the strength to slip out from under the sheets, put their feet on the floor and stand up. For some of us, getting out of bed is not so simple. For some of us, it’s our toughest battle of the day. Now there might be plenty of people out there who think we just aren’t trying hard enough, or that we don’t feel the same sense of responsibility for daily chores. But that just isn’t the case.

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