How would you react if you find out a loved one has a severe mental ilness?
For example bipolar disorder or Paraniod Schizophrenia.
the key lies in understanding the problem deeply. You need to connect to them at an intimate interpersonal level. In some cases it works miracles.
I am guessing this might not come as a total surprise, unless the have been medicated and in control. I would hope I would be supportive and understanding.
If it is a loved one, I don't think it would be a huge surprise. If I spent a lot of time with this loved one, I think it would be obvious that something is off - and it may be a relief to have the diagnosis so that it could be properly treated and medicated.
I would think there would be a bit of build up to this as these illnesses don't happen over night. But for me, they are still my family no matter what illness they suffer from and I would love them just the same. If the illness is stressful to me, then I would remember how much more harrowing it must be for the sufferer.
I would make it known that I would be supportive every step of the way. If they were a really good friend it would change nothing between us if I found out that they had a severe mental illness. Being a good friend means being there when the times are rough and helping them get through it.
I will set aside the panic inside me and will think of a way how I will face this problem. But one thing is for sure, I will help any love ones who has this problem, I am gonna be there till the end.
With love, patience, support... Would also want to know how and why and if there are any natural therapies that could heal.
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