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When Your Family Compares Your Mental Illness With Another Relative’s Experience

Recently, I was listening to a podcast interviewing a woman with chronic mental illness, who was discussing how she juggles parenting with her mental health.

The woman mentioned that her son struggled with his own mental health issues that presented differently from her own. The discussion turned to how families can inadvertently create a situation where one individual becomes the “poster child” for mental illness within the family unit, which may inhibit others within the family from acknowledging their own struggles because they don’t fit the familial narrative of what it means to be mentally ill.

After listening to the podcast, I couldn’t help but think about my own family and the ways in which this exact scenario has played out within

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