It sounds really strange to speak of the upsides of being ill. Surely there are only downsides?
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“It sounds really strange to speak of the upsides of being ill. Surely there are only downsides?
But rather than assuming, as we normally do, that our mental illnesses are just a problem for us, we can dare to ask in a spirit of open-minded exploration: What are my illnesses doing for me? Whatever their costs, what are their secret upsides? What are their unexpected benefits? Why might I be covertly siding with them against the possibility of health?”
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