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9601 W 165th St., Suite 02
Orland Park, IL, 60467
United States


Personal Balance Counseling offers clients a safe, warm, and open environment to explore themselves and their life. Counseling at Personal Balance is provided by licensed clinicians who are trained in evidenced based practices to ensure you are receiving the highest quality of care.

The Uphill Battle

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Our mission at Personal Balance Counseling is to help you achieve a balance in life and wellness.  We strive to improve the overall quality of your life by working with you to learn new skills, cope with difficult situations and deal with hardships.   Improving your mental health requires a personal focus and energy that results in a renewed balance within yourself and with the world around you.  daily balance: a blog is intended to provide you with relevant information to educate and assist you in your journey to improved emotional and mental health.  Enjoy!

The Uphill Battle

Michelle Conrad, LCPC, DBTC

More than several times, I've had people walk into my office and ask me why this is happening to their brother, sister, daughter, uncle, mother, again when they've had a good week/month/year.

Mental health is an uphill battle. People are allowed to have good days mixed in with their bad day. Those battling mental health issues work incredibly hard to hang on to good days. However, it is difficult for our loved ones to understand the harsh realities of constantly struggling with mood disorders and mental illness.

Sometimes, we begin to believe that in order to conquer a mood disorder, we must be pleasant and strong every day. This is not reality. This is not a reality for anybody. While it would be nice to believe this is possible, we can't fool ourselves into thinking this is going to happen. When our loved ones begin to expect that we can snap out of "bad days" because we just had good ones, we're setting up an invalidating environment. In turn, this may exacerbate the situation.

Visit the link below for a wonderful picture depicting the struggle:

As caregivers, it can be hard and frustrating. Thus, we can be supportive by:

  • Educate yourself
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Take care of yourself
  • Respect limits
  • Talk about what is helpful