One of the things I always ask my clients is how much they know about their diagnoses, and commonly, I hear, “Not much,” beyond the fact that they are living it, of course. I find that having just a little information can go a long way in helping people understand their illness and jumpstart their recovery.
For partners of those with a mental illness, it’s just as important that you understand what your partner is dealing with as well. While you can’t have the actual experience of the illness, knowledge about it can help you figure out what needs to be done and how to best do it.
The following is a list of books, websites, and organizations that are recommended as educational material for the various mental illnesses.** Some will be partner-specific, but many are resources that include information for anyone who just wants to know more. Also know that I am not recommending these resources as a substitute for professional treatment, in the forms of therapy and/or medication.
**I am not affiliated in any way with any of the resources recommended, unless otherwise noted.