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Mental Illness and Relationships: It’s Complicated

Mental Illness and Relationships: It’s Complicated

When cruising Facebook profiles, many times under “relationship status,” you’ll find someone wrote “it’s complicated.” As a matter of fact, you’ll find the phrase on so many profiles, it’s become sort of a joke. What’s no laughing matter is that for many with a mental illness, relationships can be complicated.

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Breaking the Cycle of Dysfunctional Living

Breaking the Cycle of Dysfunctional Living

Many who grow up in a dysfunctional family end up passing on the family dysfunction. Dena Foman discusses the impact of family dysfunction in her life.

The cycle of dysfunction – you grow up in a significantly dysfunctional family and it has an impact on you. Now you have kids and the cycle of family dysfunction continues. Without recognition and positive change, the family dysfunction is passed from generation to generation.

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Borderline Personality Disorder: Coping With A BPD Loved One

Borderline Personality Disorder: Coping With A BPD Loved One

Dealing with a loved one with Borderline Personality Disorder can be difficult. Watch this video on Coping with a BPD Loved One.

Here’s how one person in a 10-year relationship with a person with borderline personality disorder describes the experience: “Although I loved this person, I hated the relationship. It was a psychological hell.”

Coping with someone living with borderline personality disorder can be emotionally exhausting and a difficult challenge. Here’s why.

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Women in Love With Psychopaths

Women in Love With Psychopaths

HealthyPlace has the largest narcissism site on the internet: Malignant Self-Love: Narcissism Revisited. Thousands of people visit every month.

I mention this because we are constantly flooded with emails from victims of narcissists, mostly women, who are emotionally beat up and mentally dragged down after being in a relationship with a narcissist.  While reading through these emails, I’ve often wondered what attracted these women to men with narcissistic personality disorder and led them to stay; even at huge emotional and financial costs.  Those who were lucky enough to escape are still reeling, trying to delve through the aftermath. For answers to “why?,” we are turning to this week’s guest, Sandra Brown, MA.

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Mental Illness in the Family: Dissociative Identity Disorder

Mental Illness in the Family: Dissociative Identity Disorder

The impact of mental illness on families is huge. Our guest's daughter has Dissociative Identity Disorder. The mental illness has torn her family apart. Watch now

Whether it’s a mental or physical illness, it’s natural to concentrate on the person who has the illness. Many forget that family members and loved ones are also suffering. The impact of mental illness on families comes in the forms of grief, denial, frustration, exhaustion, and stigma.

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Surviving A Suicide Attempt in the Family – Recap

Surviving A Suicide Attempt in the Family – Recap

When a family member attempts suicide and fails, it impacts the entire family. Patricia Gallagher, author of No More Secrets, shares her family's story. Watch now.

Last Tuesday, we covered an unusual aspect of suicide; surviving it.

After listening to our guest Patricia Gallagher relive her husband, John’s, failed suicide attempts, we understand that although he survived, there were many pieces left to put together. The Gallagher’s dealt with shame and initially decided not to divulge too much information to friends and family.

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Surviving a Family Member’s Suicide Attempt

Surviving a Family Member’s Suicide Attempt

What happens when a suicide attempt fails? How does a failed attempted suicide effect family members and how can they cope? Read more and watch this video.

As you know, suicide is never a pleasant subject. Often times, bouts of depression are so strong that those suffering feel the only way out is to end their life. What family members are left to deal with is unbearable, as feelings of loss and guilt take over.

But what happens when the suicide attempt fails? It seems that situations such as these are not any easier to deal with.

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Families and Addiction: March 31

Families and Addiction: March 31

According to the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, over 23 million Americans suffer from an addiction to drugs or alcohol. We all know addictions can destroy the life of the addict, but what about the family? How can the family cope and support the addict without being co-dependant and feeding the addiction?

Our topic for the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV show airing live, this Tuesday, March 31st is “Families and Addiction.”

Addictions can be physical or psychological, but the devastating effects of addiction on family members are the same, as explained in Dr. Croft’s blog post this week. Families often face the difficult decision of enabling the addiction or literally forcing their loved one out on the street. However, there can be other options. Where can families turn for more information on addiction? What if they can’t afford treatment programs? During Tuesday’s live show, we will answer these questions and any other questions you might have about addiction.

If you have a story about addiction you would like to share, please feel free to email me: Producer AT HealthyPlace.com. Also, you can email me a link to a youtube video, and we might air it on our show live Tuesday March 31st at 7:30p CT, 8:30 ET, and 5:30 PT. You can also find more information about how the HealthyPlace TV show works here. During the second half of the show, Dr. Croft will answer any question you might have on addiction or any other mental health topic in the popular ‚ Ask Dr. Croft section of the show.

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