How to help a friend with mental illness



June 11, 2019 - 10:06 AM

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn: I have a friend who suffers from a mental illness. Medication does not seem to make a difference. My friend is a good person, but difficult.

I want to be a good friend, but sometimes I feel used. I need help figuring out where to draw the line. It’s not their fault — it’s brain chemistry. But sometimes I wonder how much is under their control. I cannot give more than generalities, but can you help? — Friend

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