Something that I once told someone during a tarot reading- The Moon card came up and she didn’t know what to make of it. And I have always associated the Moon card with identity: she goes through phases but that doesn’t make her any less of what she is.
I think about this from time to time when I’m dealing with my own mental illness. Sometimes I am dark and people only see that darkness. Sometimes I am bright and people only see that brightness. But I can be both, this is just who I am and I haven’t changed. The only thing that’s changed is the part of me I’m letting you see.