Mental disorders can change the dynamics of friendships. Many people don’t know what role they should play or they want to help, but don’t even know where to begin. It’s hard to know what to say or who to go to for answers.
There are a lot of questions. How much can or should you help someone? Will your friend appreciate the help? Can you manage it with everything you have going on in your own life? If you have ever encountered a situation when you have wanted to help someone and didn’t know where to start, then this chapter is for you. And if you don’t know how to tell your friends about what you’re going through we also have some tips for that.
This chapter covers these critical pieces to friendship:
- Destructive friendships
- Finding positivity in others who know your pain
- Telling your friends about your problems
- What happens when a friend leaves you
- If your friend has a mental disorder
- When your friend shuts you out
- If your friend talks about suicide
Hopefully learning about these issues inspires you to take action and not let friendships ruin you, drag you down, or make things worse. There’s a lot of pain out there, but there are also a lot of awesome people who will support and love you, regardless of your issues or theirs. A truly good friend is worth holding onto!