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Reintegration & Recovery - Family & Friends
Family and Friends
Relationships and Reintegration
Healthy relationships are essential to the well-being of everyone - especially those persons with persistent mental illnesses such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. But these illnesses can cause a strain on even the strongest relationships.
Many people with such illnesses live with their families, requiring the active involvement of all members of the household in the day-to-day care and support of the individual with the illness. Others live with friends.
Regardless of where the person with the illness lives, he or she will need a primary caregiver - a parent, sibling, spouse, adult child, or significant other (boyfriend/girlfriend, family friend, teacher, etc.). And regardless of the specific relationship, caregivers will face numerous issues and will have many needs in coping with the illness on a long-term basis.