7 Surprising Gifts of My Mental Illness

By Steve Austin | Best of Messy Grace

Jul 13

I used to live in an I-have-it-together illusion. But waking up in ICU after a failed suicide attempt left me with no choice but to admit that I suffer from mental illness, specifically depression and anxiety.

These days, I am grateful for my mental illness, personal growth, and improvement in my family since I faced my illness. It has allowed me to become more open and honest about who I am.

It’s been a long four years, but instead of living in shame, I am now embracing the life I have been given. In doing so, I have found several surprising gifts.

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About the Author

Steve Austin is an author, speaker, and life coach who is passionate about helping overwhelmed people learn to catch their breath. He is the author of two Amazon bestsellers, "Catching Your Breath," and "From Pastor to a Psych Ward." Steve lives with his wife and two children in Birmingham, Alabama.

  • A // W // F says:

    Honesty is a rare gift. Rare, and deeply freeing.
    I’d say that’s a very good surprise.

  • A // W // F says:

    Honesty is a rare gift. Rare, and deeply freeing.
    I’d say that’s a very good surprise.

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