Having a mental illness is hard to control, because most of the time it controls us. You shake, worry, ponder and get physically sick over the smallest yet biggest things that tend to happen. Explaining how you react to things and how your mind works to others is hard, because they don’t quite understand them. Even the slightest misconception throws someone with a mental illness into overload and they think everyone in the world hates them even if they didn’t do anything specific. All you ask is for understanding and respect as you struggle through those illnesses.
Please understand them. You personally may not understand them, but if you try hard enough, you can. Seeing if there is anything you can do to make something less of a punishment to them or an embarrassment; then step up and do so. A mental illness causes the person to think their not good enough for anyone, and once they have failed at something they think everyone will judge them for just that. Furthermore a mental illness makes someone self conscious about their body and how other people view them and their clothing. Please understand them. If you don’t want to take the time to care and understand someone who has a mental illness then you’re going to be a waste of time for them.
God made all these people with mental illnesses very unique, and sometimes those people don’t value their uniqueness. But like a lot of people who struggle with these mental illnesses like: anxiety, depression, and self-conscious etc. There is always a way to face these struggles everyday; the Bible and prayer. Praying to have peace to overcome you each time you project mental struggles and reading God’s word to make you feel at ease with yourself.
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:1-4
“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:12
Please understand them. You can gain great friends even if they struggle with their own mental illnesses. All you must do is ask them if their okay and if they need anything. Because you may think their okay on the outside but on the inside their screaming for help not only for you but for God as well. Healing from something like a mental illnesses may take a long time or maybe never, but if you’re there to understand and help than you can make the hurt and suffering subsides.
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance.” Roman 1:1-3
Please just understand them. Please care for them. Please pray for them. Please just be friends with them. Please love them for who they are. It’ll go a long way…