Dichotomous thinking, otherwise called black and white thinking, is a symptom of many mental illnesses. It means you only see the extremity of things and never the middle.
Mental illness is black.
Black is the drowning fear, dread and anxiety that rarely allows you to breathe.
Black is the demon of sadness that wishes to consume you.
Black is the shadow that follows you everywhere, that makes you believe you are alone in a world of darkness.
Black is the depression, the darkness bearing down on you.
And it is white.
White is the cleanliness and perfection that comes with OCD, the checking, the cleaning, the exactness.
White is the safety of staying at home because you are too anxious to leave your house.
White is the hope in you that wishes to thrive rather than merely survive.
We all have light and darkness inside us.
Mental illness is black and white because you see the negative rather than the positive.
Mental health issues make you see everything as black and white.
You are either happy or sad.
You want to do everything or want to do nothing.
You either fight or flight.
It makes you believe there is no positive in the negative and that a mere negative can override many positives.
Black and white thinking is to organise the world into opposites, good or bad, fair or unfair, right or wrong.
It is to believe something WILL go wrong.
It is to believe you CAN'T do something.
Black and white thinking makes you believe there is no in between.
It is to get a question wrong in class and think you are stupid or a failure.
It is to be different from the 'norm' so you see yourself as weird or strange.
Yet, this is unrealistic, mental illness is our separation from reality.
It is all or nothing thinking.
But life rarely is completely one way or another.
Everyone makes mistakes or answers a question 'wrong'. Everyone is weird or strange in their own unique way. What even is normal? In fact who is normal? Stand out! Normal is boring!
There are so many colours and shades on the spectrum and our minds are too complex to be merely black and white.Your mental illness may be a part of who you are but it doesn’t define you!
Mental illness is to think in black and to think in white but the world, our reality, is not merely black or white.
Mental illness can be black and white.
Reality and Imagination
Fact and Factitious
Fair and Unfair
It is to fight or to flight.
It is one of the many battles of our mind.