I see the quote "only you can save yourself" a lot on social media and I've always kind of browsed over that one while thinking blah blah blah, of course! I intellectually understood the depth of those words but not spiritually or emotionally. Meaning, I've come to the point where I've (finally) realized that I am responsible for my own happiness and that no one else will make me whole. Why do some people choose to stay in their unhappiness vacuum? I can only guess, but to some, that is where they feel comfortable and safe and can wallow with others in negativity. It isn't personal.
I really comprehend now that it is up to me and only me to be happy every day and to go for my goals because those people that I was depending on saving me can't even save themselves. This may sound like "duh" to some of you, but it is something that I need to be reminded of over and over again when I start to put expectations on others. I really believe that life is all about fundamentals and getting the basics right and if you can figure out what makes you happy and that the opinions of others don't matter, then you will go far, my friends.
To relate this to medicine, in some instances (not all), I've seen people become comfortable with their acute medications because that disease or illness somehow gave them an identity. To push to be well again would be breaking out of their comfort zone. Again, this definitely does not apply to all illnesses, but I do believe that some are self-inflicted or last longer than they need to. A positive mindset can take you far.