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TOPIC: How to Respond to Remarks about Mental Illness

How to Respond to Remarks about Mental Illness 17 Jun 2013 18:40 #197

How to Respond to Insensitive Remarks about Mental Illness
Posted June 17, 2013 by Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.

Julie A. Fast once told her dad that she disliked being single but felt like it was the best option at the time.

“I just get too anxious with dating.” He replied, “Well, no one wants to have a relationship with someone with bipolar disorder.”

Even close family can make insensitive remarks about mental illness from time to time. (We covered nine common comments here.) “I know for sure that he was not trying to be mean. He simply wasn’t thinking,” said Fast, a coach who works with loved ones of people with bipolar disorder, and author of bestselling books on the disorder, including Taking Charge of Bipolar Disorder.

But these comments still sting. And they can nick an already slim sense of self, which is likely bruised from your own biting inner critic.

Yet, while these statements do hurt, they don’t have to affect you — at least not so significantly. Below are several constructive ways for dealing with insensitive or ignorant remarks.


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