Myself, being an individual who suffers from various forms of mental illness, making and keeping friends who do not suffer from any forms of mental illness can be a challenge at any given time. However, what I find more of a challenge is making friends with individuals alike oneself, who do suffer from various forms of mental illness, at times the same as yourself, but if one or the other finds themselves going down that slippery slope, the other individual can be easily influenced to follow down the same path.
I have been stable in terms of my mental health for seven years with no hospital stays in that meaning the psychiatric ward and no major medication changes as well. After what seemed like years of hospital stays and trying to find the right medication combination, after what was a good four years, things finally settled for me. I was stable.
People that I had kicked to the kerb due to the fact that I could not handle their mental health instability, I invited back into my life. However, with my first slip up in seven years and just inviting this individual back into my life perhaps their instability played a stronger role in my recent three week period of not taking my psychiatric medications and disposing of them as I pleased. Yes, I admit before this person came back into my life I had been questioning whether I still needed the medications, but I had every intention on working through that with my psychiatrist.
Now, I have been back on my medications for just over a week now and feel emotionally stable in spite of all that is going on with my health in terms of the severe bone infection that is in my leg. I am praying for the best and continue to think positive. However, it has come clear to me that being friends with people with mental illness is for me not the best idea as I find myself easily influenced by them.