Have you ever read one of those “Ten things your guy wished you knew” or “Ten things your mother-in-law would never tell you but thinks you should know” (though in many cases—unfortunately for you, there’s nothing your mother in law wouldn’t tell you). Well I wanted to create a lists of things that those of us who struggle with mental illness wished the rest of the world knew—and hopefully get insight from my support team about what they wish I knew!
Number Seven: When I’m irrationally upset, or in the middle of a mood swing—do not TELL me that it’s related to my illness. Instead, ASK me. “Could this be related to your depression?” “Is it possible you’re feeling this way because you are manic?”
Telling me what is wrong throws fuel on the fire—a well phrased question can remind me that I do have a level of control over my illness.
Disclaimer: Not all of these thought will reflect all people, in the same way not all “Ten things your guy wished you knew” would relate to my husband—some will not even relate to me. They are thoughts/concerns/opinions I’ve heard when talking with fellow adventurers along the journey that is mental illness.