I have been asked a time or two how I cope with my mental health, how I managed to carry on as others do. Part of it is that I am fortunate enough to be high-functioning despite everything. Another part is that I am strict with myself and lean towards perfectionist behaviours, and thus, do not allow myself to live my life any differently than a person with a well-balanced mind (some of this is ego, I think; I refuse to let others out-perform me). The third part is that I’m not coping. Living the way I do does not allow me the time to properly acknowledge my problems, because I am simply too busy struggling through the day, and then too tired from the struggle to care.
So, that is how I cope, through ambivalence…but I do not recommend this method, it certainly isn’t helping me. I am not surviving the day, coming out the other end having accomplished something. I am just existing throughout the day.