I’ve had a lot of heartbreak in my life, but the worst I’ve ever experienced is because of a loved one with a severe mental illness. Unless you’ve been on the receiving end of the type of unhinged behaviour directed at you because of that person’s disease, you just have no idea. The level of abuse can be overwhelming. When they’re an adult who also has the capacity to convince others that they’re okay (when they’re very obviously not), you’re left with no choice other than to completely withdraw from their life just to protect yourself. I’ve never felt so helpless. It’s the worst pain that I’ve ever felt and I’m going through my own crises at the same time. How can you help someone who doesn’t think they need it? How do you keep your own sanity when someone that you love with all of your heart and would never do anything to knowingly hurt, tells you that they wish you were dead and sends you terrible and disgusting messages? I’m feeling very close to the edge myself over this, and I really just don’t know what to do or where to turn.