Understanding Mental Illness is Not an Easy Task

HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter

Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:

When a loved one is hit with mental illness, some people are very supportive, while others become distant and confused. This is normal because not everyone can grab ahold of the fact that those with mental illness have trouble controlling some of their everyday lives.

Understanding Mental Illness is Not an Easy Task

Some people grow uncomfortable when talking about mental illness, especially if it involves a loved one. The idea of someone not being able to fully control his or her behaviors can be difficult to decipher. When a loved one is hit with mental illness, some people are very supportive, while others become distant and confused. This is normal because not everyone can grab ahold of the fact that those with mental illness have trouble controlling some of their everyday lives.

The Effect of Mental Illness on Others


When people are not used to being surrounded by others with mental illness, they tend to grow cautious and sometimes push themselves away from that person. This should not be seen as an act of selfishness or ignorance because some people simply do not know how to react around someone with these kinds of specific struggles.

It is important for people to find healthy ways to support a loved one during their time of difficulty. It does not always mean constantly being around them or being physically there. By showing interest in his or her wellbeing, the comfort level regarding mental illness could increase just because you are giving it a chance. By showing you care, there is a chance for positive change.

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Your Thoughts

Today's Question: How can we help family members and loved better understand mental illness? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.


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Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

  1. Explaining Mental Illness to Your Child and Others
  2. OCD Help and OCD Self Help
  3. Things Verbal Abusers Say and Do

If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.


Mental Health Experiences

Share your thoughts/experiences with any mental health subject, or respond to other people's audio posts, by calling our toll-free number (1-888-883-8045).

You can listen to what other people are saying by clicking on the gray title bars inside the widgets located on the "Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences" homepage, the HealthyPlace homepage, and the HealthyPlace Support Network homepage.

If you have any questions, write us at: info AT


From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.




Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.


Stand Up for Mental Health

Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign

But we still need you. Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trichotillomania, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.

Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.


Latest Mental Health News

These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:

  • Serotonin Deficiency As Cause Of Depression - Is It A Myth?
  • In Rat Model, Exposure To Toxins Makes Great Granddaughters More Susceptible To Stress
  • Depression Untreated In Many Cancer Patients, New Approach Could Help
  • Happiness In Schizophrenia 'Is Not An Oxymoron'
  • Cognitive Impairment 'Associated With A Higher Risk Of Stroke'
  • Poor Sleep Quality Associated With Increased Suicide Risk In Older Adults
  • How Memory Is Processed 'May Influence Risk Of PTSD'
  • Our Desire For Payback Exemplifies Our Capacity For Abstract Thought
  • A Computer Is Much Better Than People Are At Telling The Difference Between Real And Faked Pain

That's it for now. If you know of anyone who can benefit from this newsletter or the site, I hope you'll pass this onto them. You can also share the newsletter on any social network (like facebook, stumbleupon, or digg) you belong to by clicking the links below. For updates throughout the week:

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APA Reference
Staff, H. (2014, September 9). Understanding Mental Illness is Not an Easy Task, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2022, August 13 from

Last Updated: September 5, 2017

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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