sadfamilycrpdSometimes life gets hard when you don’t get a break from your mental illness.  It can hang over your head.  Especially when your friends and family know you have a mental illness and use that as a reason to understand or explain your behavior.  Often, when you are having a hard time, they’ll point to your illness as the source:

“She’s in one of her moods,” or “He’s not coming to the party cause he’s being anti social.  Depression or something.”

Oh, like you’ve never been frustrated or sad or excited?!  People can have your mental illness be a go-to answer to explain your behavior when really, you are a human being just like everyone else.  It can be unfair for your mental illness to be a label that gets thrown out there to describe, explain, or justify your actions.

Remember, your illness does not define you, and it can be a challenge to handle your support group that may use your illness to explain your behavior.  Your support system is there to love and support you so, it’s okay to remind them that your illness does not define you.

You’re being you.  A human being just like everyone else. Remember that…e

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APA Reference
Loberg, E. (2013). When Life Gets Hard – Your Illness and Your Loved Ones. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 19, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/manic-depression/2013/03/01/when-life-gets-hard-your-illness-and-your-loved-ones/

 

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