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What to Know if You Love a Person with a Mental Illness

Battling a mental illness is far from easy, and trying to live a "normal" life on top of that can make it even more difficult. Relationships are challenging for anyone, but for those with a mental illness it can be even more difficult. Just because someone is battling a mental illness, doesn't mean that relationship is impossible, it just means there may be more work that needs to be put in on both sides. According to Lindsay Holmes, a contributor writer for the Huffington Post, there are few things you should know if you love someone with a mental illness. 

  1. Mental illness is not something they can just "get over." 
  2. It also doesn't make them "crazy." 
  3. Some days are better than others. 
  4. Their mood isn't because of you 
  5. It's manageable
  6. Some days they don't feel like fighting it
  7. There's a negative stereotype associated with their conditions 
  8. Hugs help
  9. It's OK to ask them questions 
  10. It's physically debilitating 
  11. They appreciate you 

Click here to learn more about loving someone with a mental illness. 


Chris Massman is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Agoura Hills, CA. She graduated Phillips Graduate Institute with a Master of Arts in Psychology in 2014 and received her Chemical Dependency Specialty in 2014. Today, she practices Congnitive-behavioral therapy to help individuals, couples, and families identify and overcome a variety of unique challenges.