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What NOT To Say TO Someone With A Mental Illness

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It’s hard to know what to say sometimes to someone struggling with mental health issues.

It can feel like you can’t do right for doing wrong and no matter what you say it doesn’t help. It’s hard. Really bloody hard and it’s easy to be left feeling helpless just trying to say anything to make the person suffering feel better. I get that, the words come from a good place but there are some things that really are better left unsaid.

1. “IT COULD BE WORSE”

You’re not wrong it could be. We could say this of every single person on the planets situations. It could ALWAYS be worse, you could always throw something else in to the mix of a bad situation and make it a total disaster. However, this doesn’t help. It makes someone suffering with mental illness feel inadequate….Most likely on top of what they already do, like they shouldn’t be moaning, like it’s no big deal. It IS a big deal. Mental illness is a total big deal and it can feel like it couldn’t get any worse. If someone is feeling suicidal and those words are spoken believe me, it’s a soul crusher and leaves you feeling like a waste of air.

Everyone experiences things differently, this does not mean that one persons problems are worse than someone else’s just because they are different.

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Anorexia – When The Scales LIE!

Anorexia treatment should not be based on numbers

Leaving treatment until someone reaches a certain category of BMI is harmful. It is also reducing the chances of a full recovery.

So they say that the scales don’t lie……It seems that perhaps they do.

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Anorexia is ruled by numbers – by those that suffer and too often also by how treatment is accessed

This is topic I am extremely passionate about.

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