3 Major Ways Mental Illness Affects Relationships

Mental illness in relationships is often a dynamic that gets marginalized and considered peripherally, at best. Every individual, and hence, every relationship is unique, so how mental illness affects relationships depends on many singular factors. For the affected partner (or both partners), many questions loom: “What kinds of issues will arise because of my mental…

4 Things Not to Say to Someone with a Mental Illness

Ever have one of those moments when a friend or family member starts talking about a mental illness that he or she deals with? And you find you don’t know exactly what to say, so you quickly shift to canned, “fallback” statements? Even your most well-intentioned comments can come across as insensitive and “tone deaf,”…

Don’t Believe Everything You Hear About Mental Illness

Myths about mental illness are all too common, and can be burdensome for those who cope with such debilitating mental health concerns. Most individuals have had some experience or other with mental illness, either firsthand themselves or with other people in their lives. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Approximately one in…

5 Mental Illness Films that Are Spot-on

Movies about mental illness have a way of sparking our interest and getting us to ponder on issues related to mental health. Every now and then a film comes along that you feel really speaks to you and that really seems to “get” you. Suddenly the world doesn’t feel as lonely, and you get the…

Facing Life as an Adult when a Parent has a Mental Illness

Having a parent with mental illness can be challenging for anyone. If you have a parent with a mental illness, you might have a different sense of what “normal” life at home means, and you’ve most likely already experienced enough to know that life with a mentally ill parent can be filled with anxiety and…

Why Doesn’t Reality Feel Real to Me? Depersonalization Disorder

What is depersonalization (derealization) disorder? Have you ever experienced segments of time when the world around you felt distinctly surreal? Or detached from your surroundings? Maybe you often find yourself “outside of yourself” and “looking in from outside to observe your own life?” You’re not alone; it very well may not be your imagination. This…

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