5 Do’s and Dont’s of Dealing with Other’s Mental Illness

5 Do’s and Dont’s of Dealing with Other’s Mental Illness


We’ll be sharing five tips for helping someone with a mental illness based on an article from issue two of our magazine One of the biggest factors in whether those who are mentally ill will open up to a person about their feelings is How that person reacts. It can be frustrating when someone in our life is ill. And we don’t like seeing our loved ones in pain and often want to help. These five tips should help assure that your loved one and open up more to you. Tip number one: Don’t allow your negative emotions to be visible Like I said, it can be frustrating trying to help someone who’s ill. You might feel anger, pity, sadness or even hopelessness when trying to help. It’s best not to show these emotions Don’t sigh when your loved one responds in a way you don’t like, and don’t talk to them as if they are stupid. Keep in mind, if they could act healthy they would and if you show a negative reaction to your loved ones, they are much more likely to hide their feelings. On to tip two: do show them that you still care This one may seem obvious but often mental illness makes a person feel broken or somehow let down. Therefore your loved ones should be reminded that you care greatly about them without this reinsurance, they may feel as if no one cares. Tip three: and this one is an important one Don’t tell or remind them that it could be worse. This is extremely unhelpful The idea that knowing that some people are worse off will feel better is simply not true. In fact, it might make your loved one feel even worse Firstly, all that matters to your loved one right now is that they feel bad so bringing up others doesn’t really factor into how they feel. Secondly this reminder may cause guilt within your loved one. They may feel guilty for talking about the illness or even worse feel guilty for being ill at all. This means that your loved one is less likely to open up about their illness to you or to anyone else in the future. Tip 4: Don’t try to relate how they feel to your own experiences, that is unless you have the same illness of course. It can be tempting to try and relate how they feel two things you’ve been through but telling someone who has bipolar that you understand because you have mood swings Or your friend with anxiety that you understand because you get anxious before exams isn’t helpful. Mental illness is a more extreme than other behavior in feelings and it can often feel Invalidating to the person to hear these things. Also, doing this tends to focus the conversation back on you when it is the other person who needs support, so it’s best to listen rather than try to offer up your own stories. And finally, tip 5: do try and research their illness The Internet is a wonderful tool that allows you to research whatever illness your loved one has. You can research symptoms, helpful tips, and read others experiences. This all means that you can support your loved one in the best way possible. Something good to research is particular warning signs and how best to deal with them. Knowing for example, that someone’s first sign of anxiety Can be them feeling very hot is good for spotting when a possible anxiety attack is about to rear its head. That’s it for our tips. We hope that you now feel better equipped to help support someone with mental illness Remember it’s always good for someone with mental illness to seek medical attention and help. If you liked this video Please like, share, and subscribe also, if you’d like more from our magazines they are on sale at www.psych2go.shop You can also check out our patreon at patreon.com/psych2gomagazine


100 thoughts on “5 Do’s and Dont’s of Dealing with Other’s Mental Illness

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  2. It's simple:

    Treat mental illness and physical illness the same

    If a loved one has Parkinsons disease, you wouldn't tell them to "suck it up and get over it"

    The illness is there and is going to be there until the right treatment is given.

    💜💙💜💙💜💙

  3. As a tip from the other end, a person who has been helping specifically 1 person but it has been a lot of people with mental illnesses mostly depression for over a year and a half. It is very very hard to stay calm and collected when we are trying to help and you say something we dont like or you completely shut down what we are saying to help. I see a few people saying yeah respect me but for the love of god you better be showing it back, cause from what I've seen that's not happening, you can be a lot more selfish than you realize you dont get that there is someone on the other end a person with emotions just like you just trying to help you the least you could do is try to let them. negative emotions come out we're human it happens dont just drop ship and leave or shut down, you're making it harder for everyone, in my case it leads to a shit ton of arguments which only made it worse. You have to remember the person trying to help is not responsible for you, they are only trying to help, dont take them for granted, dont push them away, because then they'll go away. Take some responsibility to the way you treat people, take some responsibility on your own self, because really we cant help you, its you helping yourself, we just try to make it easier. The point of my long comment is to remember we arent machines either, your problems break us, especially if its a lot, it makes us depressed too. For anyone who reads this and is the person on the recieving end, go to that friend or lover and just tell them how much you appreciate them, dont just say "i love what you do for me" and leave it, show them you care give them reassurance that things will be better, any amount of positivity regarding your mental health goes a long way for the person trying to help you.

  4. They forgot an extremly important part….

    It's also impotant to listen to oneself and not become a personal therapist for the mentally ill peraon. It is always good to support somone you love. But they also need to be strict with their own boundries and limits. Othervise one might start feeling used and that will only make the mentally ill person feel more guilty. If somone is being to much for oneself to handle alone, then advise them to seek out a therapist or somone elses support for awhile. If somone pushes one over the limits then in the worst casesenario it might cause a mental illness in the other person too.

    Tho its importat that we help eachoter. We need to understand that if we arent somones professional help then we arent responsible for their happiness.

  5. I finally started opening up to friends. I got showered with pity and worry.
    Now I also feel guilty AND belittled. Gonna close the doors again. I don't need that shit.

  6. My boyfriend tells me I’m a good beautiful person and I’m like I don’t feel like it but I keep it to myself because I don’t want to argue with him and fight with him because I love him I shut down if I feel bad

  7. I still don't understand why we don't learn stuff like this in school.. it's so much more important than analysing some stupid poem! And you also can't help your depressed friends with your knowledge about how to use the Pythagorean theorem… of cause these things are important to know too but not as much as helping people and this stuff..

  8. here are some related lyrics that i wrote in a song i recently made

    They say dude just don’t care about it
    Here we go snap, i have forgot it
    Did it work, well i highly doubt it
    Much likely i’ll try to hide it

  9. As someone who suffers with depression and both parents suffer with mental illness (mother multiple personality disorder/PTSD and father paranoid schizophrenia), it helps greatly to learn these tips. I rarely receive help or support from friends and family, but knowing that my parents suffer differently from myself and require support as well helps me understand them more and fix my relationship with them.

  10. So what you're saying is, I did everything right the entire time, but still couldn't help the love of my life. Cool, now I feel even more of a failure.

  11. So what am I supposed to do when your own familly do the opposit of all this advice and when you show this kind of video to them they just repeat the cycle even harder and now I don't even feel like talking about how I feel or how I am because "I should think about the children at war and feel lucky of my situation or that they're mad at me for my condition because they care or I should just work harder or why don't I see the solution they offer (not go talk to doctor or see a therapist but more finding a good job and get my mind rap around informatique because this the futur) it sucks I feel judge not listen and when I finally try to get better and tell them they just tear every effort I make just because if it were them the wouldn't have done it that way. I'm just tired and that the only moment I feel better is when I'm away far but I still have to finish my stud and I am not independent and it's all about work. I wish it could stop.

  12. My friend calles me a whore, says I'm good at nothing and uses my personal things and insecureties against me. I used to love dance, then she said she was better than me at it and that I'm shit at dancing. I've never danced in front of someone for half a year because of it. She always points out every negative thing she sees about me. She's a massive hypocrite, and doesn't know how to set herself in others shoes. She yells, she tries to hit. It messed me up. It's all because of her mental illness. I can't even complain about it because they just blame it on her illness and don't care that I've cried so many times because of her. I've stopped telling her personal things, because I'm scared she'll use them against me when she gets mad again. Every source and video is telling me to suck it up, smile and help her. I've done that for 3 years. I just can't keep this up. She makes me feel so fucking broken and worthless.

  13. With tip 4 i was like,,, shit until you said "unless you have the same mental illness" i was SO scared i was hurting the person i love the most. But yes, i really stick by this. Im a trans guy and i get told my the women in my life "i feel exactly the same, i hate my boobs too!" And that makes me feel like im not trans when i have incredible dysphoria

  14. My dad said when telling me I would be going to see a therapist "now you can stop bugging your mom about it" with a long lecture about how I better do what my doctor says. He is slowing down my recovery process with what I assume is emotional abuse!

  15. Tip #6 which is VERY important: Do not ever put your own mental health behind theirs. Do not make them fake promises (promises that you can't actually hold), tell them false stuff to make them feel better and stuff like that. Do not invest yourself in their issues more than you are able to. It can cause them to become dependant, which is terrible for both people. And they can feel betrayed and let down if you suddenly snap because you can't handle it anymore. Stay. Honest.
    This comes from a person who has been on both sides and can tell it is hell to live.

  16. My very close friend of mine told me she might get depression since her dad had it back then so its genetic, so i’m watching this to prepare. She’s also been really overwhelmed with life lately. So i want to give her my support.

  17. Open up? OPEN UP? My ex-asshole KNEW about my family's history of mental illness like I KNEW he was born with a cleft palate! I thought he loved me the same way I loved him. After 5 years together, he PROPOSED, and a year later, we got married. He also KNEW I'm Catholic and don't believe in divorce EVER! We had premarital counseling where HE WROTE AND WE SIGNED OUR COVENANT! 😣

    So, we married, and after the birth of our last daughter (we have 2 daughters), I had POSTPARTUM PSYCHOSIS! 4 years later, HE KICKED ME OUT of my apartment and away from my daughters! I was in a mental CRISIS that I couldn't predict, want, or CHOOSE! 😣

    I even bought a 🔫 and tried to KILL MYSELF TWICE-the gun malfunctioned! (I know I'm Catholic; however, GOD KNOWS THE SITUATION AND THE TRUTH) I prayed and prayed and believe that GOD CAN FORGIVE cuz he knows WHY….

    My now Ex didn't even come to the HOSPITAL to find out if I was ALIVE OR DEAD! 😳 He testified AGAINST ME to get me "commited,"couldn't tell me to my FACE that he wanted to divorce (Remember, I'm Catholic) and screamed it to me OVER THE ☎

    I told him to file for Legal Separation and Joint Custody. The day I got out of the hospital (Also, our oldest daughter's birthday), I still couldn't see my daughters! He filed for DIVORCE AND SOLE CUSTODY the next day! 😳

    2 years later, our divorce was final, I couldn't even get an attorney for court, I was still NOT super stable, so, "perfect" time for everyone to judge and take advantage of me! 2 years later (now, I'm stable) I WON my MODIFICATION, the judge let me have the girls unsupervised 3 times a week and allowed me to get my girls to their 1st Communion! 💒 I also took on my daughter's school cuz they violated MY PARENTAL RIGHTS on a serious comment my daughter made (suicide)! As MANDATED REPORTERS, they didn't talk to me, my daughter, or my Ex! 😣 I met with a lawyer for 2 hours, we wrote some letters, I got the statute, and I presented this to their school and the ENTIRE SCHOOL DISTRICT! Out of everyone on this 20 year controversial problem, the only SORRY I got came from the SCHOOL! This year, I even got APPROVED to be a volunteer! And, my other daughter told me that the counselor GOT FIRED! 😂

    Oh! Other than those 2 hours with an attorney, I am PRO SE on my own case! But now, I gotta get at least LEGAL CUSTODY somehow. Now, I need an attorney! When I say I will FIGHT to the DEATH, I really, really mean it!

    This is MY DAUGHTERS! I did nothing wrong. I'm not my "mental illness." I CAN'T QUIT NOW!

    THERE IS HOPE PEOPLE-IF YOU BELIEVE…

  18. the thing is, people who have depression doesn't even help themselves yet they exclude themselves from people that can possibly help them .

  19. didn't help
    Just got thrown across the hallway and broke my leg
    Uh
    Thanks
    Thats thanks to this video
    Not for ppl with ADHD who are known to destroy and hurt stuff

  20. My brother comes to my home just a few times a year. We live quite a distance apart. The last time he came down to see me, his mental illness was noticeably worse. His actions were very disruptive…screaming and swearing. I sat and listened to it for days..kept my mouth shut. When he went home, I called him to tell him he was getting worse and he went ballistic on me. I'm losing my trust with him and think he may get violent. Do I want or need this in my life? It's never going to be pleasant if we get together because it is a one sided relationship. You think I should keep my mouth shut? Just put up with it?

  21. This is good coming from a family member side sometimes we lose it because we have taken so much abuse. We make mistakes our hearts are broken watching day to day sometimes being cussed out talked to rude we become battered and lose it setting things back. For the most part we do try.

  22. I have major depression and bipolar. I'm also pregnant. My mother only yells at me whenI'm in a depressive state and tells me to grow up and get over what every bothering me

  23. I currently researching now on bipolar in order to understand and help a close friend of mine who is bipolar

  24. I used to get anxiety and hated people along with other mental afflictions but I rewired my brain with neuroplasticity and became strong and now look back at what a sad sack of shit I was and how it took a toll on my life. Looking at the commets pisses me off because everyone deserves to be happy, life really is too short to be anything but happy.

  25. Okay Tip 4 is annoying as heck. Cause I'm anxious all the time, but I've never wanted to talk about it cause I feel like I'm not "anxious enough" to say that I've got a mental disorder.
    My mental is just… disordered. Not something ingrained, I know that if I gave it everything I got I can get out of this mentality. But I don't know if that just makes me an optimistic anxious person or not really 'that' anxious to begin with (like it's some messed up competition).

  26. I'm so glad I didn't do anything wrong
    Because before I watched this I was comforting a friend and didn't know if I was doing it right or if I was making it worse.
    But I'm glad I didn't do anything really bad 😊

  27. I'm depressed. I have bipolar disorder and I'm in a depressive phase to the point where I'm getting irritated at my depressed friend. I can't take hearing all that negativity every time I talk to them we don't ever have fun anymore. I have so many issues of my own and I give advice but they dont take it. I'm so frustrated. I can't keep losing sleep every night. I have a problem with isolating myself and they don't have many friends so I don't wanna do that to them. But im starting to regret things. Every time we talk it's always about them and I can't take it anymore. I love them so much so I'm not leaving but I'm miserable in this friendship. I know it's good to just listen when people vent but I don't want to do that ALL day. Sometimes I'll be trying to play piano or spend time with my boyfriend and they're texting me about their depression and it just ruins my mood. I try to talk about my depression but I just get told I'll be fine.

  28. Damn, I wish my family and friends did this stuff to me when they found out about my self harming, my best friend called me dramatic and my grandma yelled at me for doing it and said that I needed to stop being sad, like wtf dude?

  29. I told my friend that i understand but he didn't believe me i guess it's because i never told anyone that i had depression at all and faked everything and got rid of it myself ;w;

  30. i haven't hugged someone in idfk, years? i'm probably overreacting but honestly, i just feel like my parents doesn't give a damn. bless them for trying, but it doesn't work, and i hate that i don't know why it doesn't work all the time. nobody understands me here.

  31. You know what my family does when I tell them I have social anxiety disorder?
    My two brothers call me retarded, literally.
    My mom and dad calls me annoying for being afraid to talk to me.
    And so now, I really hate my family, and I feel like I have no reason to be alive. Obviously I won't harm my self. I'm not that crazy. But it does bother me. I've run into a dilemma. I am very quiet in school. But the problem is that I am starting to feel anxious when I start thinking about how weird I am for being so quiet.

  32. I sent this to my dad and he didn't talk to me for a week. I think he thinks I'm trying to teach him how to parent… I am.

  33. Don't tell them that "it's good to eat that much! I ate that much to lose weight" when they finally open up about their eating disorder. Please don't. Like that's just…opposite affect guys

  34. Ok so, my boyfriend has depression and anxiety and I have BPD so #1 is very hard considering how reactive my disorder makes me and it may cause him to feel like his illness stresses me out so I feel a bit stuck. I want to help him but also it’s so hard to help myself at the same time. AHHHH any better suggestions?

  35. Hi, I have a quick question for anyone willing to answer in the comments:
    I honestly do not know if I have anxiety or not, I might be overreacting at something that's completely normal in my stage of life. But I frequently feel anxious and on edge, a lot of my family members see me as "delicate" or a "crybaby" and I might just be that. Still, I can't help but wonder if I have some underlying problem.

    Thank you to whoever will respond to my comment.

  36. I remember when I ask a doctor for help, he told me, I shouldn`t be sad because there are many sickest people than me even in mental hospitals – like alcoholics. Children in Africa are starving. I shouldn`t be sad `cause I eat every day. He even wanted to put me in a hospital to show me "what the mental problem really is".

    I often hear that there are people who have a worse life than me. So, what? I should feel better `cause someone is more miserable? God, it`s sick! It even saddens me more.

  37. This also should brought up in other ways too,a perfect example of this is what I'm going through right now so I think that experts & law enforcement need to not only pass but start enforcing the law when it comes to people who are mentally ill meaning certain subjects need to be done to protect us from not only discrimination but something needs to be done & laws need to be enforced to protect us especially if we're good people if we live on our own have no criminal history that could allow social workers & payees take things from us when we've never had a chance to try it & if we've never been convicted of any crime that has to do with what they are trying to do to us & think it's ok & legal for them to use their jobs & disability as a way to do things to mentally ill people & their families without going to court 1st & prove they can't do certain things & abusing their power & getting their way all the time & making our lives hell & sometimes doing these things illegally by not only lying to but brainwashing everyone so they can have their way keep their jobs stay in control & think their immune to the law & think that no one will speak up & want to sue to change things & for damages,& the bias & the favoritism needs to stop too,& in my case I've been screwed over too many times & what's going on is illegal for what their doing so something needs to change & in my case I want what's mine,I want a chance & I demand payback,& being the nephew of a police officer I think no matter what if I have disability or not I know it's not illegal & not a crime for me to be able to control my own money have access to credit cards (billed) & be able to have kids & have a chance to be a dad regardless if I have disability live alone & have cats all I want is a chance to raise my own daughter & have control of my own money & have credit cards in case something pops up & I need money

  38. I don't care for the mental illness, pervertion, sickness, cruelty and sadism, which psychiatrists have and are in their impotence, stupidity and their brutality and terror to animals and humanbeings, which they need to study and to even exist as the robberers, murderers, liers, criminels, brutals, sadists and racists and torturers and i don't care for their rights, for their rights are the death of justice and of normality and the death of future generations and all of animals and humanbeings, which they will destroy and damage by force and in their genome until even the most brutal and evilminded of medicals and scientists, will be killed, for their science is based on war and has no space to either normal reproduction nur any will to have this planet saved from forced extinction, which they will plan to all of future animals and humanbeings.

  39. If you or have a friend that has a mental illness, do not say "I've delt with ___ so how come you can't get through it too?" That ends friendships pretty quickly also DO NOT tell them that they're "being too sensitive" or "just get over it" that NEVER HELPS!

  40. 1. Do Not overcare the Person.
    That May Sound really wrong , but the person ,WHO ist suffering need to know that you will mit leave Them but has to Take steps towards you.
    You Can Not force Them to Open Up and Run straight Into your Arms.

    2. Dont overwhelm the sufferer !
    Just Take slow steps and wait for Actions or the permission of the beloved one.

    3. A Routine might Help to settle in and calm down.

    4. Speak with the Person about Plans or what she wants to earn.
    That might Help im Times of Depression to have Goals to Fight for.
    5. Stay by There Side and never judge Them dir their Feelings or needs !

  41. I have a mix of chronic Illness and mental health issues.basically I see my friends once a month stay at home most of the time.im a teenager so it feels like I'm missing out on a lot

  42. Welp I spoke with someone who was suicidal on a venting community and i asked questions to get a better understanding the conversation ended with them leaving the chat.

    What can I do if I did something wrong

  43. my mom wonders why i never open up about my feelings but she gets upset if i say i'm depressed and blames it on my phone. she said to me the other day "why do you think i don't understand what you're going through?" but she really doesn't because she doesn't have depression

  44. And don't react as if they're insane, it'll make them feel like they can't fit in to standards. I'm speaking from my parents doing this to me.

  45. I don't care for islamists and rapemob and i don't care for hooligans, who have even fun with torture of animals and humanbeings, as they are nothing but organised criminels, who are in rape and brutal abuse of animals and humanbeings, as are psychiatrists and terrorists in taking hostage to brutal terrorism and sadism and to hooliganism and betrayel , which is that of war, warpropaganda in organised robbery, crime, violation, betrayel and terror and in enforcement to tolerate criminel gangs, which are as primitiv and brutal as mob, as are islamists and torturers of animals and humanbeings in using animals and humanbeings as their punchingball in their Evil intent to robb them off, to numb by hooliganism and evil brutality, which is normal to warclans, to criminels and terrorists and primitivs, which use animals and humanbeings to their criminel organisation in robbing off their resistence and rights, identities in the intent to damage their reputation, their rights against organised violence and brutality by falsification of truth and by abuse of jurisdiction.
    Members of police partaking in this crimes and judges have to be punished and warned by deathpenalty as being part of criminel organisations, satanism, which is islamism and forcing to give up the rights to exist in peace and civilisation, which is impossible in being stalked by real prostitutes and pimps, rapists, and sadists, who are used to be evilminded and cruel in all of Intention to violate rights to exist in peaceful societies, which don't get forced to tolerate islamism, terrorism, brutality and violent racistic hooliganism in organised crimes and brutality to animals and humanbeings also in intent to falsification of identities, of truth and in full intent to abuse of law, which has to guarantee, the rights to protest war also,which those criminels hinder in all of full Intention and in intent to lie, to betray, to falsifie, to extort war and injustice into existence,which will have this criminels being members of islamism and rapemob and sadistic violence by torturers of animals and humanbeings being warned by deathpenalty to take part in joint criminel organisations, which members of police, polititians are part of in full intent to robb, to falsifie documentations and to force war into existence, which will have the brutals in this criminel irganusatiin, be they members of police or be they polititians or judges being charged with being members of organised robbery, betrayel and in full intent to violation of rights to defend and to exist, to protest war and injustice and organised brutality and violence and harrassement by gangstalking mob.

  46. Also, dont compare them to someone else as knowing that they are better off than others leads them to believe they are weak, and they don't deserve to feel bad if something bad happens to them. If you are a parent and say 'oh dont worry I remember how it was being a teenager' it makes it a lot worse too.

  47. Thank you very much to the staff of Psych2go, i had making this mistakes with my mom more than a decade. All because of my ignorance in how to deal not with mental illnesses but with trauma, pain, fear and so on.

  48. The so called "help" is useless. Mental Health practitioners only see u as a policy number and nothing more. The so called psych hospitals make you WAY worse than when u went in with bad attitudes and soul sucking drugs. They have zero empathy. It doesn't work. After 30 years of doing it their way, I threw in the towel. Useless.

  49. DONT: Send anyone to a mental hospital without consulting a therapist first. Don’t force the therapist to talk about specific things to that person, etc.
    Just let the therapist do their job, let the person open up to THEIR therapist. Mental Hospitals can be traumatic. In most cases they don’t even help, they worsen them. Especially if they have been sent against their will.

  50. Now I know what to do and what to not I obviously did do some of the "Dont's" but I'll try my best to learn from my mistakes and don't do them again but it really got me wondering why did one of my friends tell me that she hides her true feelings and personality and when I ask her if she's okay the next day she acts like nothing happened and I'm really confused I don't want to make her feel bad about it but she really made me wonder is she actually okay or she's lying about it how do I know if everything's alright why did she suddenly changed her personality and acted in a strange way why people are so hard to understand???

  51. I think I saw a kid at school having an anxiety attack today. It was bad. She was standing in the middle of the hall and her arms were shaking and a teacher was telling her to take deep breaths but nobody really noticed it because everyone was just going on as normal

  52. My mom thought I only acted depressed because "all teenage girls have depression these days." She's taken antidepressants for years.

  53. I built enough courage over years to just hint that I have anxiety to my parents and all they said was "fake anxiety. your overexaggerating. your fine."

  54. These were all really good tips! I most especially agree with tip #3. As a person who suffers from multiple different mental illnesses, it would be great if people used these with me when talking to me about them.

  55. I haven’t told my dad about my depression yet and when I was watching Billie Eilish explaining her
    ‘idontwannabeyouwanymore’ song (on Genius), he heard her say that she has depression and started saying things like
    “Oh other people have it worst than you! You have so much money!”
    I said
    “But as a celebrity other people put a lot of pressure on her to be perfect”
    “Then she should just quit the job!”
    That made me feel really bad
    Because
    If he says that about Billie
    Will he say the same thing about me?
    And then later he showed me a picture of schools in Syria
    The building was near utter collapse and the kids still go to school
    That made me feel even worse
    Like
    “I don’t deserve to be depressed”
    “I have everything in life”
    “Why can’t I be happy?”
    “I’m so pathetic, others have it worse than me”

  56. Don't quite agree with #1. There's definitely some subtleties to how you do it

    But openly expressing your needs is a crucial part of a healthy relationship, often even more so with a mentally ill person.

    Consider too that you're giving tips not just to 100% perfectly healthy people (which don't exist), but lots of people watching these videos have struggles of their own. And although you may not mean it this way, that tip could easily be interpreted as advice to hold in your "negative" emotions and not let them show. That's a terribly toxic thing for an ill person to believe is their responsibility.

  57. Idk why but when someone tries to comfront me it makes me feel even worse. The only thing that makes me open up is dank memes lol

  58. "it isn't helpful to try to relate to people with your own experiences" wow I can't disagree more. It shows we are trying to relate and these people feel no one cares or tries to relate. What should we do…ignore them? Try NOT to relate?
    I do group therapy and have for 8 years and there are no taboos in our group. We are supposed to express our feelings as we have them (the therapist is a modern psychoanalytic, as he describes himself).

  59. I told my mother i wanted to kill myself and she started screaming and pulling my hair and telling me that i can NOT SAY THAT aaand now i just wanna kill myself even more…

  60. I have a lot of mood swings and my sis has a mental illness ;-; doesn't go really good since I'm just really mean with some moods -.-

    Don't mind this, I wanted to vent a bit 🙂

  61. This is a very valuable information, though I have a question.

    After a while a lot of people with mental illnesses just accept the mindset that they are victims and that there is nothing anyone can do to improve the situation they are in.

    To my observations, talking it out with them repeatedly only encourages that way of thinking and the behaviour overall.

    So what would be the best course of action with such an individual?

  62. I met a friend online and she has a terrible and neglectful family (we're both teens still) she abuses substances and talks about murder a lot. I love her dearly and she says I'm her only friend and she's my only friend as well. I don't know what to do but I'd like some advice.

  63. could you not ask me to stop having an anxiety attack because i can’t really help it, it’s embarrassing for me too. actually, your friends are the ones who triggered it in the first place. i can’t stop freaking out and i can’t breathe normally all of the sudden because you want me to because it’s embarrassing for YOU to be associated with me because i’m clearly stupid and belong in an insane asylum. at least that’s what you tell me. you also tell me constantly that you have anxiety. i know you have adhd, and anxiety can be a side effect. but if you actually had anxiety, you would understand a little.

  64. This helped me a lot! I just wish I had the courage to show this video to my parents. Though, as someone who suffers from psychosis and has a boyfriend with bipolar disorder (as well as both of us having a handful of other illnesses. Hooray for us) this helped me as well. Thank you. ♥

  65. I've done lots of mistakes. It's why I try too Hard to relate to people, cheer them up or give "genius" advice. But most times they just need a hug or reassurance for my love.

  66. I hate when I am doing something silly and my mom says "have you taken your medicine". I currently stable and I get that she is worried about me, but I am not defined by my illness and everyone experiences it differently.

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