“I was seventeen, and no one knew what to do for me. The array of psychologists, psychiatrists, physicians, and others that had been seeing me had essentially thrown up their hands. I needed to choose recovery, they said, and it was something I clearly wasn’t doing. Until I did so, there wasn’t anything they could do. I would recover when I was ready.
I have, of course, many problems with that viewpoint. For one, there’s the ability of someone who is acutely ill to actually choose recovery. The other issue is that recovery is a choice — a single choice that you make and then the magic can happen. The problem is that you don’t just choose recovery. You have to keep choosing recovery, over and over and over again. You have to make that choice multiple times each day. You have to make that choice even when you really don’t want to. It’s not a single choice, and it’s not easy.”