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Reflective Essay On Mental Illness

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During life dilemmas, do you feel you’re unable to endure through daily functions and once the circumstance is resolved, do you often feel relieved? This occurrence is a part of everyone's life, but for my family this happens everyday with very few serene moments. However, in the peaceful times with my family, my mind and body are at ease, and I wish that feeling would last forever. Unfortunately, the aroma of tranquility departs while I’m experiencing the motions of my demanding life. In the stressful times diligent quotes such as “This, too, shall pass” and “Everything happens for a reason” have helped accomplish my daily responsibilities. In the past few years, these simple, encouraging words have provided me the confidence to overcome obstacles with my family, anxiety, and depression. I believe, that mental illnesses have added an unbearable amount of stress and pain to individuals and families. The foundation of the stress in my home is provoked by two siblings. Firstly my melodramatic eleven year old brother, Daniel, has bipolar disorder and amongst other mental disorders. He has stayed in mental hospitals multiple times in Champaign and Chicago, from being unsafe at home. Most people don’t know the feeling of celebrating a birthday in a mental institution. And my temperamental nine year old brother, William, in the past year has been diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). In the past couple of years, I have tried my best to help my parents, by being
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