May is Mental Health Month. It’s when we bring awareness to a topic many shy away from.
I’m here to tell you that dealing with someone who has a mental illness is not for the faint of heart. It takes a LOT of prayers, and it takes a very strong person to NOT let the mental illness of another affect YOU!
I’ve dealt with it for way too long with people in my life. From trying to “save” people in my childhood right on up to my adult life. It will wreak havoc on your life if you are near someone with a mental illness.
They blame you. No matter how much you try to help them. They turn it around to where you are the problem. If you help them seek help, they blame you for causing them to need any help to begin with. Medicine – they don’t want to take it because they don’t think they need it, when in reality THEY DO! It helps them function and it helps those around them be able to BE around them!
They will not let YOU have any feelings you express. NONE. Everything will be turned around to be about them. Everything is about them.
YOU don’t matter. Only them. AND THEY SHOW YOU THIS OVER AND OVER AGAIN! In the things they say and do … it’s glaring you in the face, and yet you don’t want to accept the little they care for you or the little your feelings or YOU matter to them.
I have never been one to want to give up on anyone with a mental illness. I have stayed right by their side and taken the stomach punches and the kicks in the teeth they give.
Mental illness will bring you to your KNEES!
That’s where God meets you.