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Mental Illness is a Family Affair

Image Everyone touched by a mental illness experiences some degree of turmoil, fear, anxiety, and repeated frustration. Not only the ill person, but the family and loved ones may be overwhelmed. No one who is involved is spared.

Early in the illness, families feel alone and isolated. These feelings exist along with the feelings of guilt, but

You have nothing to feel guilty about!

An important thing to learn is, as recent studies have shown, mental illness is not the fault of the family. It is not caused by bad parenting or traumatic childhood experiences. It is not a weakness of character. Serious mental illness can affect anyone - children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly - and they are no one's fault.

Ridding yourself of the feelings of guilt will give you the peace of mind you need to more effectively deal with the real problem - mental illness.


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