Getting Your Family to Help You

When my mom found out I was OCD she was the most supportive person in the house. My brother was on board, but my dad didn’t grasp what was going on. I couldn’t explain to him what it meant to be OCD. He didn’t know anything except for what my mom and I told him.

But even though my mom is supportive, she doesn’t really know what OCD is either. I always feel bad for the stress I cause my mom when I have a mental break down. There is no way to explain to her how I truly feel. She kind of gets it because she is depressed, but not that much.

When you’re dealing with a mental illness, it is best to have your family’s support, but sometimes your family doesn’t know how to help you. Sometimes they don’t say the right things. Here’s what I do. I tell my family members how I feel and get them to understand me. This can be hard because everyone has feelings, but you have to stress why something makes you feel the way you do. If you say nothing, then no one can help you.

Don’t put too much pressure on your family to understand you. They are also human and they make mistakes. Try to cope when they are not there. Tell yourself that everything is going to be alright even if it doesn’t feel that way.

Families are here to support you the best way they can. They are not God, so don’t expect everything to come from them, just take what you can get. Sometimes that’s better than nothing.

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