Question: Does mental illness affect relationships?

A mental illness—including post-traumatic stress disorder, major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and alcoholism—can also affect a persons relationships. There may be no relationship more affected by mental illness than the intimate relationship between partners.

How does mental health affect family life and relationships?

Some of the top issues for family members and caregivers are: The mental illness often becomes the familys primary focus. Family members have different perceptions of the problem and have conflicts about the solutions. Feelings of helplessness, frustration, loss, guilt and compassion fatigue.

Can family cause mental illness?

An increasing body of research demonstrates that negative family relationships can cause stress, impact mental health and even cause physical symptoms. Research has demonstrated that non-supportive families can detract from someones mental health and or cause a mental illness to worsen.

Should I tell my partner about my mental health issues?

Theres no rule on when you have to tell someone youre struggling with your mental health. Thats regardless of whether youve been together for a couple of weeks or a couple of years.

Should you tell your partner about your mental illness?

You are under no obligation to divulge information about your mental health, even to a loved one. So NAMI suggests you know why youre choosing this moment to have this particular conversation. Dont force it, and dont talk until youre ready.

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