• actually I do and I am in therapy but my family says I am faking it so I can get attention and sit on my butt and draw a check. They do not believe my depression is real and that i just choose to go in the hospital and be "locked up" every year or so for a vacation. they don't understand and could care less
  • No, and noone decided that I should get help when my anxiety and depression got to their peak. I did it for me.
  • I am very lucky. I live with bipolar disorder, and I get a lot of support from my family. One of the main reasons might be that I have an older sister who has been a psychiatric nurse for over 30 years. The family knows a lot more about mental illness than other families might.
  • I do have a mental illness and I am not ashamed admitting that. There are far too many negative stereotypes about people with mental illnesses as it is. I refuse to add to the social stigma by hiding from people what is perfectly managable and treatable. I'm lucky that I have a loving and supportive family that have been there for me through my lowest points and most difficult struggles. I have some wonderful people and friends in my life who support me unconditionally. Ultimately, though, the hard work was all up to me, and I am very proud of myself for getting help and for managing my illness. There is NOTHING to be ashamed about if you have a mental illness. Anyone who uses it against you as a weapon or who writes you off because of it is pathetic, narrow-minded and ignorant.
  • I'f absolutly sure they would and at any weak moment. But I'm not suffering from a mental illness.
  • For those with or without a mental illness, the issue is very real in family's today as to ignoring the issue. Most family's today, and especially over the past 40 - 50 yrs, have chosen to ignore obvious signs of a mental illness. For the most part, and not exclusively, a family does not want to admit their is a problem, or they feel ashamed to think a loved one is a bit different. On the other hand, i would like to think that your support group (family) sees this as an opportunity to reach out and help. If your family is not going to assist you, it is time for you to move forward and seek help, starting out with your physian and go from there. I was struck by lightning over three years ago, and as a result have numerous issues, and some of them are 'mental' for sure. As somone previously mentioned, I also will not hide behind my disorders or feel sorry for myself. Mental illness is real, and help is available. Best of luck to you, and remember, if a family does not reach out, just recognizing there might be a problem is a the best first step ---- now take it to the next level
  • Unfortunately, probably not. My partner would, though.
  • I'm not sure...but I hope so.
  • no id have to make the step on my own.:)
  • i am, and my family dont give a sh*it about what happens.
  • yeh i think they would :)

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