The thing about mental illness is that it can act like a giant magnet, completely skewing your internal emotional compass so that it’s hard to distinguish between symptoms and regular emotions. If you don’t pay enough attention, your mental health could start to decline out of control. But if you watch yourself too carefully, you might start pathologizing completely normal emotional reactions. I have spent years caught between these two possibilities, swinging wildly back and forth, trying to find a middle ground. It’s exhausting, but I believe it’s worth it to try. Even if it takes years to find some semblance of balance, your internal compass will right itself again eventually. If this sounds familiar, check out my latest HealthyPlace post: Am I Depressed or Just Sad?