My advice for people with mental illness from a person with autism who made it

To those wondering, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. But there comes a lot of hard realities to face. So I made a list on you or your loved one stable yet affected by mental illness.

1. Accept that the light at the end of the tunnel is a freight train. Embrace the freight train: The hardest thing I learned about the real world is that nothing is as it seems. Now I get it. You wanted to be a successful video game designing superstar, but the hardest reality is that it's a lot of hard work. Letting go of your dreams is hard, especially if you don't have the right mindset for it. The fact is that very few people get to do what they love for a living. And that's okay. If you look at most successful people, you'll realize that the famous ones are miserable. So take the job that is not your hobby, but something you can get comfortable with.

2. Don't expect people to accept your disability at every job: the hard reality is that the disability you have will never be understood by everyone. As I said, you gotta be comfortable at your job, otherwise you'll hate going to work. I am lucky to work at a company that understands my disabilities, but not every company will get your disability, and probably never will. The hard reality is that you got to go through a lot of crappy jobs before you find one that sticks. I know it's hard, but keep your chin up 100%, and say to yourself there is a company out there that understands my disability and is willing to work with me. I've been through 26 jobs before I found one that sticks. So don't give up.

This is basically the only bit of advice I can give. I don't know if your communication skills are terrible or you're having delusions or hallucinations that are making it hard to function, but this list ain't for you, at least not yet. Once you're at a recovered state to where you can hold lucid conversations, then this is for you.

God speed.

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