Why Is Family So Important To Mental Stability?
Let's face it. Human beings were not meant to be islands. We procreate and provide for children by being a family in which the child(ren) learn and grow unless they are faced with dysfunctionality. So, what do we do? It's human to want to love and be loved. I've experinced as I get older how common it is for families to split apart when a parent or both parents die. They also grow apart, change their values and ideas, or even fight over money of the deceased.
What does this have to do with mental illness?
All forms of illness as you can imagine like cancer, chronic pain, any physical disease would warrant support; I know most people who deal with these including recovering addicts, do best with family support.
What do you do if your family isn't supportive?
First let's ask, Why wouldn't they be? Possibly several scenerios.
- they just don't care
- they are tired of hearing about it
- they feel helpless to help you
- they are not willing to read a little to understand better
- they are ashamed you are their family member because then they have to check and see if they are okay
So, lot's of possible reasons.
Why does it hurt so bad?
Well, I think it would be common knowledge that people need people especially at their most difficult times, but like Christ for an example, we often suffer without any sympathy; though not all the time.
All the people I've met with mental illness are healthier who have supportive families. Love is the key most important ingredient besides good diet and rest to maintain a healthy lifestyle.