The Importance of Friends When Living with Mental Illness
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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
- Mental Health America
- Depression Bipolar Support Alliance
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
- Anxiety Disorders Association of America
- International OCD Foundation
- CHADD (ADHD)
- How Do You Make Friends with Someone?
- What Does It Take to Make New Friends?
- How to Help Your ADHD Child Make Friends
- Boundaries for Helping a Friend
- What If I'm Too Sick To Make Friends
- Are You Lonely?
- Loneliness and What To Do About Loneliness
Your comments and observations are welcomed.
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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.
Staff, H. (2010, August 19). The Importance of Friends When Living with Mental Illness, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2022, December 8 from https://www.healthyplace.com/other-info/mental-health-newsletter/importance-of-friends-when-living-with-mental-illness-healthyplace-mental-health-newsletter