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Life With a Mental Health Concern


Living with a mental health condition means not only taking efforts to manage it, but coping with the ways in which it can affect your life and those in it. If you're faced with a mental health concern, or if you are the loved one of someone who is, there are things you can do to help make way for a better life.
  1. Everyday Stress
  2. Coping by Condition
  3. Finding Support
  4. Connect with Others
  1. Work Life Issues
  2. Relationships
  3. Legal Issues

Everyday Stress

No matter who you are or what you're dealing with, stress is likely a constant in your life. Use the links below to begin exploring how to manage and reduce the stress you currently experience on a day-to-day basis.

Coping by Condition

Certain mental disorders often create handicaps that may follow you throughout your life. The articles listed below will help to illustrate what you can expect as you cope with your diagnosis and provide potential solutions to common problems.

Finding Support

You'll find that a support system is essential to help you get through difficult periods. Whether you decide to attend a meeting, reach out to online support groups, or strengthen your connections with family and friends, the links below can help you get a system in help you stay strong.

Connect with Others

You'll find a built-in support system on About.com. Use the links below to access condition-specific community forums where you can ask questions, seek a sympathetic ear and strong shoulder, and lend a hand to others in need.

Work Life Issues

Many mental health disorders have an effect on your work life. These resources will help you target areas you may have difficulty with, highlight positives, and assist you in deciding when and how to share your diagnosis with coworkers and employers.


The way we relate to other people, be they friends, family, or romantic interests, is essential to the way we live. These links can help you learn how to share your disorder with someone close to you, interact in social situations, and solve common problems caused by mental health disorders.

Legal Issues

If you're worried about how your mental health disorder diagnosis and behavior can affect you ability to provide for yourself and your family, these links can help you begin to understand your rights as an employee and individual under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family Medical Leave Act.

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