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Importance of Friends When Living with Mental Illness - HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter

Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:

  • The Difficulty of Maintaining Friendships and Importance of Having Friends When You Live With A Mental Illness
  • Mental Health Experiences
  • "Why Some Mid-Life Men Turn Mean" On HealthyPlace TV
  • From HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs
  • The Fear of Being A Caregiver

The Difficulty of Maintaining Friendships and Importance of Having Friends When You Live With A Mental Illness

This week, Theresa Fung, author of The Unlocked Life blog talks about evaluating friendships and the warning signs you're in a relationship with someone who is sucking the emotional life out of you. Her article got me thinking about the importance of having friends, especially when living with a mental illness.

Unfortunately, this is not an easy subject to tackle. Isolation, wanting to be alone, is a key component of having a mental illness. On the other side, most people find it extremely difficult to maintain a friendship with someone who has a long-term mental illness and the associated difficulties that go along with that. Breaking Bipolar blogger, Natasha Tracy addresses that in her article "Bipolar As Love Thief."

Finding good friends and building close friendships takes time and energy. If you're not quite up to that, I have another idea. A common thread of most emails we get on this subject is this: "No one understands what I'm going through." Since relationships are built on common experiences, a real-life support group may be extremely helpful to you. Not only do you get out on a regular basis and interact with other people, which is very important to your recovery, but you're with people who do "get it."

Mental Health Support Groups

Building Friendships

Mental Health Experiences

Share your thoughts/experiences on any mental health subject, or respond to other people's audio posts, by calling our toll-free number (1-888-883-8045).

You can listen to what other people are saying by clicking on the gray title bars inside the widgets located on the "Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences" homepage, the HealthyPlace homepage, and the HealthyPlace Support Network homepage.

If you have any questions, write us at: info AT healthyplace.com

"Why Some Mid-Life Men Turn Mean" On HealthyPlace TV

Our guest says all men go through male menopause. The extreme cases develop what he calls "Irritable Male Syndrome," where they become very moody, grumpy, stressed out and turn quite nasty. To understand what these mid-life men go through and what the women in their lives should know and do about it, watch this week's HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show.


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Watch the interview with our guest, bestselling author and psychologist, Dr. Jed Diamond, currently featured on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show website until next Wednesday; on-demand here after that.

Next Week on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show

  • How to Cope with Bullies in the Workplace

If you would like to be a guest on the show or share your personal story in writing or via video, please write us at: producer AT healthyplace.com

For previous HealthyPlace TV archived shows.

From HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

Your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.

The Fear of Being A Caregiver

A few months ago, writer Michele Howe was our guest on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show, where she discussed how to meet life's challenges. Michele had suffered through a long period of serious depression following elective shoulder surgery. When she finally recovered, she spoke to other women who battled life's challenges successfully to find out how they made it through. Those stories became the basis of her book: "Burdens Do A Body Good."

One of life's challenges, some may even consider it a burden, is being a caregiver for a loved one with a mental or physical illness. It's a daunting task and for those of us looking down the road to the possibility of being a caregiver, it can evoke some scary or troubling thoughts. In an article for HealthyPlace, Dispelling the Fear of Care-Giving, Michele provides tips and information for people that need to care for a loved one with a mental or physical condition and how to take care of someone without forgetting to take care of yourself.

back to: HealthyPlace.com Mental-Health Newsletter Index

APA Reference
Writer, H. (2010, August 19). Importance of Friends When Living with Mental Illness - HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, September 18 from https://www.healthyplace.com/other-info/mental-health-newsletter/importance-of-friends-when-living-with-mental-illness-healthyplace-mental-health-newsletter

Last Updated: September 4, 2014
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