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Mental illness can be very hard on any relationship. The stress that it so often brings has the ability to reach a crisis level for everyone involved. The focus of the relationship can become about managing the mental illness and not about the relationship itself. Watching your partner or loved one suffer is a very hard thing. You want to be able to solve their problems, take away their stress, and bring them the happiness they deserve. Despite all of the challenges, there are a few simple things you can do to help cope and manage your relationship. 

Show Support and Sympathy 

For some, being diagnosed with a mental health issue can be scary and embarrassing. They might experience stigma and fear you may not look at them the same way. It is important to let your partner or loved one know you are there for them. Do not simply assume that they know. Take the time to actually tell them and show them that you are there to support them.

Educate Yourself

Mental health is complicated. If you do not suffer from a specific illness and you do not have an educational background in psychology, there is a good chance you may not fully understand what your loved one is going through. Do research from reliable sources. The more you understand about your loved one’s diagnosis, the better you will be able to support them and understand what they are going through. 

Practice Self-Care

Practicing self-care does not mean being selfish. Taking the time to focus on your own needs is a healthy and necessary thing to do. Without taking proper care of yourself, you may start to feel resentment or even get burnt out. Take time to focus on your hobbies, do something fun, or even just relax and get the proper amount of sleep. 

Having a loved one with a mental health issue can be a tough experience. You may not fully understand what they are going through. However, you want to help them, take away their pain, and make it all better. Here at The Guest House we are ready to help everyone in the family better understand their situation and diagnosis. Addiction and mental health can affect every person in the family in different ways. We are here to support and help you through the recovery journey. Call us today to learn more about our treatment options at (855) 483-7800.