I Didn’t ‘Overidentify’ With My Mental Illness. I Was Grieving.

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So much of grief is learning how to integrate our shadow selves into the rest of us.

In my six or so years of blogging, there was one consistent comment I’d get from naysayers: that by being so open about my mental health struggles, I was “playing the victim” and identifying too strongly with my mental illnesses.

The folks who react so strongly to these conversations are usually emotionally repressed themselves (and homophobic, which I’d venture to say is not a coincidence), so it’s taken with a grain of salt.

But I’ve been thinking a lot about what my recovery has looked like — and more specifically, how the struggles that once seemed to consume my entire life now take up less and less space in it.

And I have to admit… I really wasn’t prepared for that.

Four years ago, I wrote, “The simple truth is…

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