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December 2015

Family & Friends

Do your family and friends know you’re mentally ill? Do you feel they have a right to know? Want to tell them? Family and friends, do you want to know?

Before I opened up to my family and friends, I exhausted myself lying and pretending for years! Decades! I felt so much relief once I “came out.” You’re probably scared of rejection, being misunderstood and alienated, labeled mentally, being fired from your job along with many other emotions. I get it.

Try this line of thinking, “coming out” about your mental illness is honest. It is a wonderful way to measure friendships and relationships. It is GREAT to know who is in the fox hole with you, for real. I’ll bet 90% or more of the people in your life will support you. With me, the reaction was one of things,

1. My god are you good at hiding it, or
2. Like I didn’t know!

Family and friends, be a safe place. Listen and support. That is where you start.

Judge if you choose, but don’t misjudge.

If you’re the one with mental illness, you’re probably hurting your family and friends. They’re scared. In most cases, they want to help. You would help them, wouldn’t you?

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