Living with other people
Conflict is a source of great distress, but I think it can be part of illness.
Our families do not fully understand why we are ill.
They may feel disappointment as we spend time at home, and no longer go out very much.
They may think that by speaking to us, they will motivate us.
This can lead to an argument, and it can be very distressing.
I believe that this is inevitable, but many arguments can be avoided.
I try to explain my illness to my family.
I try to keep them posted about any changes.
They may or may not listen, but at least I know I made the effort.