Mental Illness to those who play into stigmatization of individuals is an end-all to it all. To those who have faced mental illness it is nothing to be ashamed of yet the difficulty of turning it into a success story is ever-prevalent as a torturous masochistic game that plays out slowly and without directed intent. What does this mean? It means that success is one where the virtue of patience pays out dividends to those who have the virtue.
Take Elyn Saks as an example she has gone on to obtain Juris Doctor degree and many other degrees. She survived cancer. She wrote a best-selling book on her journey with schizophrenia entitled, “The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness.” Elyn Saks once said, “there’s a tremendous need to implode the myths of mental illness, to put a face on it, to show people that a diagnosis does not have to lead to a painful and oblique life.” Those words are forever true these days when media and television can painfully usher in new ways of stigmatizing individuals with mental illness.
Elyn Saks is not the only one who has redefined success in the wake of mental illness. Frederick Frese of Ohio is a former Marine Captain who dedicated his life to studying mental illness and treating it as a psychologist, and a little known fact about him is that he is living with schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia is usually seen in movies such as A Beautiful Mind starring Russell Crowe as John Nash the brilliant mathematician. Throughout the history of this debilitating illness known as schizophrenia those who have suffered from it have gone on to redefine the terms of success against all odds. If these individuals can redefine success in the wake of debilitating illness, what is stopping you from redefining success in your own life?