What to do if you’re mentally ill and your family doesn’t support you.
Try not to judge them as they judge you. Holding onto resentment hurts you, not them. One way of dealing with resentment is to wish for the offender to have the things you want for yourself. If you’re a spiritual person, then pray for them. I learned this by going to AA.
Try to understand why they want to deny that you have an illness. There’s still plenty of stigma out there and they might believe it. It’s also hard to accept that something is wrong with your child’s brain.
Reframe the situation by understanding that they may feel they are being blamed and they may feel defensive about it. A woman in my bipolar support group had the same experience that I had. Her psychiatrist blamed her parents. Her parents accused her of badmouthing them to her psychiatrist.
There may be other family members who have a mental illness and your family may have had bad experiences with them. They may be afraid that they’ll get the illness too.
It might be true that your family mistreated you, but it’s up to you to accept them as they are. It won’t be as painful if you come to accept them, but that doesn’t mean you have to put up with abuse. My next post will be about distancing yourself from toxic relatives. That may prove the best strategy.