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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 & Family Therapist. Chris' training includes Family Systems Theory along with numerous other theories. She believes therapy is an art and chooses the theory she feels will most benefit the individual sitting in front of her. Her specialty lies is in the field of Chemical Dependency and Addictions. Chris is currently seeing individuals, couples and families. Chris is a Clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists as well as the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Chris has two locations including Tarzana and Agoura Hills, CA.