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Living with a partner who has mental health

Posted by @dc88, Wed, Jul 25 9:19pm

How does one help their partner who has severe mwntal health issues? How do i stay strong after years of him struggling? How do i deal with this when we dont get answers and his health is deteriorating rather than getting better? I feel so empty and alone……i feel lost and dont know what to do for him anymore and it breaks my heart…. Our relationship feels lost because of what he is going thru and i try to be strong but even my coworkers called me an amvulance at work a couple weeks ago because of sharp pains in my chest which the doctors said was purely stress related (after several tests were done)…. Im….a write off….. I need help. I need to know what to do?

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It's very, very difficult to see a loved one suffer and decline. I joined support groups such as DBSA (Depression BiPolar Support Association) and NAMI (National Association of Mental Illness). There may be more in your area at hospitals or mental health centers. I encourage you to seek them out.
Prayers with you.

Hello @dc88

I see this is your first post on Mayo Connect and I'd like to welcome you to this supportive community. We are all on different journeys but still seeking support and encouragement.

I feel for you in your situation. Your sadness and frustration of feeling alone is a difficult place to be. As @calypso mentioned in her post, you need to get some support for yourself in order to carry on. Have you talked with a professional counselor, pastor or your primary care doctor about your feelings? If not, this would be a good place to start.

The NAMI group that calypso mentioned is also great. They have "Family Groups" where others get together to support each other when they have a family member suffering from mental illness. Here is a link where you can find a support group in your area, https://www.nami.org/Find-Support

Do you have a group of family, friends, church group that might be able to listen to you and encourage you?

Please keep in touch, I look forward to getting to know you better and offering support for you.

Teresa

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