By: Stan Popovich

Some people who deal with a mental illness sometimes have trouble managing their relationships with others. As a result, this can cause a lot of problems and can prevent you from having a happy and satisfying relationship.

Here are some suggestions on what to do when your mental health illness starts to be a factor in your relationships.

1. Make The Best Of Your Situation: Regardless of your mental health situation, the key is to be happy and try to not worry about what may happen down the road.  Focus on how you can improve your current situation instead of worrying about your mental health issues.



2. There Are All Kinds Of Relationships: Being in a relationship with someone doesn’t mean that you have to marry the person. There are all kinds of relationships such as friendships, dating relationships, and marriages. Determine the type of relationships that make you feel comfortable and then find someone that has the same interests as you do.


3. Do Not Let Your Negative Thinking Get The Best Of You: When you are depressed, you will tend to think of negative things. When this happens remind yourself that worry exaggerates the problems you have and that things will get better. Try to avoid negative thoughts and remain positive when things do not go according to plan.


4. Take It One Day At A Time: Instead of worrying about how you will get through the rest of the week, try to focus on today. Each day can provide us with different opportunities to learn new things and that includes learning how to deal with your problems.


5. Learn From Your Mistakes From Your Past Relationships: It takes practice and a lot of effort to maintain a successful relationship. Try to learn from your previous relationships and don’t make the same mistakes in your current one. Making an effort on improving your relationship skills will benefit you in the long run.



6. Talk To A Counselor:  If you still have trouble in dealing with the stress and fears of a relationship, then talk to a counselor. A counselor can provide much helpful advice on how to handle your fears and anxieties. He or she will also work with you as long as it will take for you to feel comfortable in managing your stresses and anxieties.


7. Getting Help Is Important: Getting professional help can lead to ways on how you can manage your fears and anxieties. A counselor can give you many ideas on how you can overcome your fears. The important thing is that you listen to what they have to say and follow through with their suggestions.



Stan Popovich is the author of “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear”. For more free mental health advice visit Stan’s website at


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