Understanding your partner’s diagnosis can make it easier to identify how to be there for them when things get tough.
Mama Bunny wants to work and play, but she was born with an invisible illness in her brain that slows her hop.
I was naïve to think that mental illness had nothing to do with me. My maternal grandmother had died by suicide following years of depression. My mother struggled with depression and social anxiety throughout her life. I myself had been diagnosed with depression and my teenage daughter as well.
I was conditioned to view my illness on a scale of “severe” to “less severe.” I was accustomed to doctors describing my condition based on how I was doing at that moment rather than where I was on my mental health journey.
Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that
a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change
the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Mental health advocates are lobbying Congress to help them get schizophrenia classified as a brain disease like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s, instead of as a mental illness, a move that could reduce stigma and lead to more dollars for a cure.
Circle of Care: A Guidebook for Mental Health Caregivers provides resources and information about caring for an adult with a mental health condition.
How do you recognize the difference between a sad mood and depression? Would you know what to say or do if your child expressed suicidal thoughts?