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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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Mental Health Relapse and Family During the Holidays

Mental Health Relapse and Family During the Holidays

A mental health relapse is entirely possible during the holidays. Family, and the history with your family, can trigger a mental health relapse. Read this.

A family-related mental health relapse becomes more possible in the days approaching Halloween and the winter holiday season. You see, for those of us with mental illness, these holidays may be filled with dread rather than joy and anticipation. Likely, some of our issues with coping emanate from family situations, and we may experience triggers that can cause a mental health relapse when around our family. Many emotions can cause mental health relapse, particularly when experienced during a holiday period full of expectations and various personalities (Anatomy Of A Mental Health Relapse).

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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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What Happens When Infidelity and Mental Illness Collide?

What Happens When Infidelity and Mental Illness Collide?

When there’s infidelity and mental illness in a romantic relationship, it causes pain for both parties which is often irreparable. When infidelity and a mental illness collide, the fallout can cause the most harm to the person dealing with the disease. Whether one does the cheating or is cheated upon, managing the emotional damage of infidelity in a romantic relationship can be enough to cause or worsen a mental illness episode.

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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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Mental Illness and Guilt Towards Friends

Mental Illness and Guilt Towards Friends

Mental illness and guilt towards friends can impact our friendships and how we feel about ourselves. If feelings of guilt persist, they can lead to feelings of depression and can exacerbate the symptoms of our diseases. But dealing with guilt towards friends with regard to mental illness early can help you maintain healthy relationships and restore your emotional equilibrium.

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Maintaining Friendships When Living With a Mental Illness

Maintaining Friendships When Living With a Mental Illness

Maintaining friendships when living with a mental illness can be hard. Here are some tips on how to live with a mental illness and maintain friendships

Making and maintaining friendships when living with a mental illness takes effort, as it does for everyone. Maintaining friendships with a mental illness requires attention, sharing and emotional honesty which are some areas affected by symptoms of mental illness. Those who live with conditions like depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder may need to put extra effort into keeping their friendships healthy.

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Should Both Partners in a Relationship Go To Therapy?

Should Both Partners in a Relationship Go To Therapy?

When you are in treatment for a mental illness, you’ve likely undergone a certain amount of talk therapy. If you’re well into recovery, you may very well have experienced years of therapy and, hopefully, a measure of success at uncovering and eliminating negative patterns and gaining self-awareness. So, if you’ve walked the path to psychological enlightenment, disease management and overall mental health, can you have a romantic relationship with someone who’s never been in therapy?

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Fear, Anxiety and Healthy Relationships

Fear, Anxiety and Healthy Relationships

I am at an impasse, with my writing and with my feelings.  Of course, these issues are related.

Last month, I began writing here about mending my relationship with my ex-boyfriend Bob, and we’ve been getting along very well in the meantime.  We’ve reached a point of sharing that is different than at any time in our past:  I’ve been able to share my feelings – past and present – with Bob and he has admitted a level of honesty I never expected from him.  I was very happy, until I sought to write a long piece about our relationship for my personal blog and I couldn’t come up with a way to tackle the topic.  That’s when I knew that I had some negative reactions mixed in with my warm fuzzies.

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New Year’s Relationship Resolutions for People With Mental Illness

New Year’s Relationship Resolutions for People With Mental Illness

Lots of people take the last week of the year to reflect on the past and to look ahead to a new year where things are going to be different, dammit.   Those of you who have bipolar depression with a soupcon of borderline personality disorder – like me – might even spend a day alone fixating on what they did wrong this year. And, if you’re anything like me, relationships probably take up the majority of your obsession time.

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