TOUGH LOVE & PSYCHOSIS

ON THE ROCKS

“How on earth did the mantra of tough love ever make its way into the realm of psychiatric illness. I have a family member with a heart condition, sometimes it acts up…do i give him ultimatums to get with it, or to stop having heart problems? of course not, and it shouldn’t be done for a person with a psychiatric illness either. Its an ILLNESS not a misbehavior.”

Struggling with a lot of resentment tonight. Tough love is not quite the best approach for someone who is going through psychosis. At the first delusion, you should have known that. It back fired royally. I got help, but for many other reasons – tough love not even being one of them. How on earth do you expect to toughen someone out of psychosis…when they are completely out of touch with reality?

I still don’t have the answers and I wish I did…

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