What worries me is how difficult it appears to be to get people to take you seriouly when you need help. Sakabla and RippaRitas' stories are testament to that.
Would you step up your efforts to get through to her? To get her to help herself or allow others to help her?
Tough Love might damage a vulnerable person into not getting help or not being honest with how bad things are.
I wouldn't Tip Toe around either however I would be mindful of how touchy and sensitive someone with mental illness can be.
something like this...
"RipperRita, it is never acceptable to smash your husbands car with a broom, however don't beat yourself up over it and let it define who you are. You are not a bad person. You are quite obviously an unwell person at the moment and fortunatly this illness can be treated and you will recover"
I made myself throw up everyday for seventeen years including throughout 4 of my 5 pregnancies and when I opened up to someone earlier this year when I was in hospital for addiction, this 'expert' told me that I probably wasn't bulimic but just used it as a distraction. I count addictions and eating disorders as mental illness and I also have severe depression and anxiety so it's close to my heart. I can see how people go over the edge.
It's pretty crazy.
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