About a week ago I wrote about a castle near where I used to live, in Ambush Castle part 1, however, my writing was cut short when I couldn’t remember what I was going to say… short term memory problems being, well… a problem for me currently. For now, I’m pleased to say that my brain is back (at least partially anyway) and I will endeavour to write some clever metaphor comparing castle defences to the barriers to recovery.
A castle has many ways of defending against attack; strong walls, a moat and drawbridge, heavy doors, arrow slits, a portcullis, ramparts, murder holes… many ways to prevent attackers from seizing control of the castle.
In living with mental illness the mind, like a castle, has many defences. We are the opposing army laying siege to the castle. No one would choose to remain unwell but instead work very hard to achieve and maintain recovery, but it is not easy.
There are many strategies that we, the attackers, can use to take control of our minds, to overcome the defences, the barriers to recovery. We can use:
- medical professionals
- exercise etc.
We can reinforce our legions with all these strategies to fight to take back control of the castle, progress is slow because the defences are strong. But as we make progress we become stronger and the walls become weaker, and we start to win. We start to breach the walls and take back control of our mind.