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Why You Need A Mentally Ill Friend

I have a few really good friends. I used to have a lot of friends but moves across the country and the growing apart of people, well, now there are not as many. I treasure the ones I have. And I will tell you something – most are mentally ill or have dealt with a mental illness.

Why is this important? Because they can understand you in a way a ‘normal’ person just can’t. They understand med changes and side effects. They understand how it feels to not be able to sleep for nights. They ‘get’ broken relationships because of the way you acted due to your illness. It sucks sometimes and they understand that.

I am not saying I love my crazy friends more than I love my sane ones, I am merely saying they are good company. And you don’t have to wallow in self-pity, you can simply share a kind of empathy for one another – an empathy for all those who deal with mental illness.

So, if you can make a friend at a NAMI or DBSA meeting or somewhere else in your life, take advantage of the opportunity. It is worth it.


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Why You Need A Mentally Ill Friend

Elaina J. Martin

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Martin, E. (2017). Why You Need A Mentally Ill Friend. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 17, 2019, from


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