We all know people who call the doctor’s office frantically at the first sign of a sniffle or sneeze. Other people wait until they are sure there’s a real problem that isn’t going to disappear on its own. Then there are the people who will never see a doctor or health professional, no matter how bad it gets, even though they are feeling the negative impact of their illness, both on themselves and their loved ones. This last group falls into a category called “recovery avoiders.”

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about what happens when you and your partner disagree about their need for mental health treatment. There’s no doubt that trying to convince someone that they need help is a delicate topic, especially if the person has not yet realized the impact of their illness. But when your partner acknowledges that yes, life is unmanageable AND they are not willing to do anything about it, that is a recipe for relationship disaster.

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Is Your Partner Avoiding Recovery?

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  1. I am on my own, and was on my own yet I recognise many of the excuses. My family Dr was the first to have a heart to heart talk about depression. I had been looking on the net, and just did not understand that “untreated depression in not benign”

    I formed many partnerships- a neighbour that would check on me (almost everyday for Two years+), a good base of friends, that did not ever think I was too much trouble even though I did not think I was worth it.

    Now I am just starting to get (my-self) back.

    Still learning, and reading your Blog, was an ah ha moment. “That’s what everyone was talking about.”
    Being in the middle of the forest is a different view from the air.
    Thanks for the perspective.

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