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Bipolar Disorder and Honoring Commitments to Yourself

Bipolar Disorder and Honoring Commitments to Yourself

You know when you feel accomplished honoring commitments to yourself? Yesterday was one of those days for me: I wrote for a few hours in my local coffee shop; I did some grocery shopping and cooking; and I called by therapist and my psychiatrist for appointments. I was most pleased by making plans with my treatment team because I’d fallen off for a while and the calls made me feel like I was getting back on track. I’d also stopped going outside to write, so getting out of the house for a period of time was an accomplishment in itself. You may wonder, to what do I owe this burst of self-care energy and why did I honor these commitments to myself. Well, I did it for a man. (What?)

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When Your Roommate Has Bipolar Disorder

When Your Roommate Has Bipolar Disorder

When your roommate has bipolar disorder, there are things to consider. Though the effects of mental illness affect those who suffer most acutely, they also cause significant consequences to those friends and family. Those effects can be felt more acutely by those who live with someone suffering with a mental illness. When your roommate has bipolar disorder — or any other mental illness — they may, unwittingly, be responsible for taking care of you and managing their own reactions to your symptoms (Effects of Bipolar Disorder on Family and Friends).

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Forming Healthy Relationships During Mental Illness Recovery

Forming Healthy Relationships During Mental Illness Recovery

Forming healthy relationships isn’t easy in mental illness recovery when I’m experiencing symptoms of my bipolar disorder because I’m known to behave badly. Well, not necessarily badly per se, but differently than I’d behave if I were completely healthy. At times, my behavior affects myself and at other times it affects forming healthy relationships with the people around me. These relationship mistakes have sometimes caused me to lose friends and alienate acquaintances. But when I work towards forming healthy relationships during mental illness recovery, it leads to greater understanding and better connections (Why Healthy Relationships Matter).

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When Social Media Relationships are Good for Mental Illness Recovery

When Social Media Relationships are Good for Mental Illness Recovery

Much has been written about the damaging effects of social media on relationships, including the breaking up of marriages and dissolution of friendships. Obviously, the behaviors that lead to these situations are likely to be harmful for people recovering from mental illness. However, social media relationships can be good for mental illness recovery in certain situations. It is important to realize when those healthy relationships occur and how to take advantage of them.

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When to Get Rid of Social Media Relationships

When to Get Rid of Social Media Relationships

Knowing when to get rid of social media relationships is tricky. We all know them – the person in our Twitter or Facebook feed that we don’t see eye-to-eye with. Or the friend from highschool that, for some reason, annoys you with the endless pictures they post of their dog. Having so many social media relationships in so many places can stir lots of emotions, some of them good and others bad (Is Social Networking Increasing Your Relationship Anxiety?). But there are times and situations which signal you must get rid of social media relationships.

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When Changing Therapists is Necessary

When Changing Therapists is Necessary

It’s important to know when changing therapists is necessary. The relationship with your therapist can be more important than any other. After all, you trust your therapist to listen to all of your thoughts and feelings, and then to give you counsel on improving your life. In spite of the closeness of this relationship, there may be times in life when changing therapists is necessary. There are several reasons why seeking a new therapeutic relationship may be good for you.

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How Mental Illness Stigma Affects Romantic Relationships

How Mental Illness Stigma Affects Romantic Relationships

Mental illness stigma is probably most troubling within romantic relationships, because we believe that our partners should understand and support us more than anyone else in our lives. Many of us have likely experienced some form of mental illness stigma, be it from people that we know or from strangers who make assumptions about us based on our illness. There is more than one way that mental illness stigma affects romantic relationships.

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Having Friends With Mental Illness Can Be Good For Your Recovery

Having Friends With Mental Illness Can Be Good For Your Recovery

Having friends with mental illness can be good for your recovery.  However, when you have a mental illness it can be hard to choose the right friends to involve in your mental illness recovery. One way to choose a good person is to seek out friends who also have mental illness to help you through your recovery. Having a friend who understands about living with your disease can coach you through difficult times as well as provide company through the good times.

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Starting a New Relationship During Mental Illness Recovery

Starting a New Relationship During Mental Illness Recovery

Some people are anxious when starting a new relationship during mental illness recovery. They may wonder when they will be healthy enough to consider a new romantic relationship or even a first date. But there can be behavioral clues that tell you when its healthy for you to start a new relationship during mental illness recovery. I have experienced some of these during my recovery from various depressive episodes.

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Creating a Healthy Patient-Therapist Relationship

Creating a Healthy Patient-Therapist Relationship

Creating a healthy patient-therapist relationship is critical to managing your recovery and wellness. If the patient-therapist relationship is healthy, a patient will feel comfortable sharing her thoughts and accepting advice. If it is lacking, a patient can feel alone and misunderstood, at best, mistreated, at worst. There are, however, ways to make sure your patient-therapist relationship is as healthy as possible.

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