This is perhaps the hardest part of loving and living with someone who has any kind of MHI. They do things, driven by their condition, that they sometimes just cannot control. It might seem small, pointless and meaningless to you. It might seem like you just got your ass verbally beating for no damn reason.
Over the last couple of years I have become more aware of friendships that went very deep and the ones that were only there for the sake of "what can I get from this" experience. These were the friendship that were only for a reason or a season.
The stigma attached to MHI is the very reason why we do not have enough people openly sharing on their mental health such as someone with a physical incapacity; a broken leg or a heart problem.
This article will focus on what to do when everything does fall apart and a meltdown does happen. Yes. it will happen. I won’t lie, it was terrifying, frustrating, painful to watch, and I asked: “What do I do?”
At times, it feels like there is a third person in my relationship with my partner – the mental health issues. They come between us, and constantly sow doubts and confusion. What I’m writing here is my guide, based on personal experiences on how to help and support your partner who has mental health issues.
In some parts of the world, the idea of beauty goes as such: 'the fairer you are, the more attractive you’ll be'. I’ve had my fair share of struggles and hardship in my pursuit to be confident in my own skin. Using my gift as a writer to inspire people, this is my story – along with three lovely ladies who have joined in my pursuit to break the stereotype.
Let's be real with this. Depression is not the same as having a bad day. It's a bad day times 100, but every day.