When to Walk Away From Someone With Mental Illness?

When to Walk Away From Someone With Mental Illness?

Having a loved one with a mental illness can be immensely challenging. It’s not always easy to know when to take action and when to step back and let them manage their illness on their own. This can be an especially challenging decision if the person is a family member, friend, or partner. In these cases, it may feel like you are abandoning them during a difficult time. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how family members and close friends can assess the situation and decide if it’s time to walk away from someone with mental illness

Assessing the Situation

When deciding whether or not it’s time to walk away from someone with mental illness, it’s important to assess the current situation. What is the severity of the person’s mental health condition? How long have they been struggling with it? Are they currently receiving treatment or have they stopped seeking help? These questions will help you determine if you should stay in their life or walk away. 

It’s also important to consider your own well-being before making any decisions. If you feel like the person is draining you emotionally, physically, or mentally, then it might be time for you to step back. Taking care of yourself should always come first so that you can adequately support your loved one if necessary. 

Knowing When To Take Action 

If your loved one is exhibiting signs of severe distress or is at risk of harming themselves or others, then it is absolutely essential that you intervene immediately. This could mean calling emergency services, contacting a doctor, or getting them into a crisis stabilization program. Do whatever needs to be done in order to make sure they are safe until professional help can take over. It may even require involuntary hospitalization if their condition is serious enough. It can be seeking residential treatment for teens at their full potential and living a healthy, productive life.

There may also come a time when the person refuses all forms of assistance despite being in need of help due to their mental health condition. In this case, there comes a point where walking away may be the only option available for your safety and well-being as well as theirs. Ultimately, it is important that you evaluate every situation on an individual basis and make decisions based on what will provide the best outcome for both parties involved.  

Deciding whether or not to maintain a relationship with someone who has a mental illness can be an emotionally draining and stressful experience. At the end of the day, it can be hard for someone who does not have experience dealing with mental illnesses such as depression or anxiety disorder to understand what it feels like for those suffering from these conditions. That being said, there comes a point where self-care must come first before worrying about helping others cope with their issues.

Knowing when enough is enough and making decisions based on what’s best for both parties involved can sometimes mean having to walk away from someone with mental illness—a decision that should never be taken lightly but should also never be overlooked either if need be. Having a loved one with mental illness can be difficult but taking action does not always mean staying by their side 24/7; sometimes walking away is what needs to happen for everyone’s safety and well-being in the long run.

Ultimately, assessing each situation individually and making decisions based on what will provide the best outcome for all parties involved should be the main focus while navigating these difficult times. Knowing when to take action and when to walk away from someone with mental illness requires careful consideration but can ultimately lead to positive outcomes for all involved. It’s important to remember that ultimately your own well-being must come first before anything else.

About the author
Mrs. Hatland is a 30-something married, mom of 7 and the face behind the popular online publication, Motherhood Defined. Known as the Iowa Mom blogger by her local peers and “The Fairy Blogmother” worldwide. She has professional experience in working closely with clients on brand ambassadorships, client outreach services, content creation and creative social media advertising exposure.

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