My Friends Don’t Believe My Illness is Real. How Do I Cope?

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On ‘Life Quakes’, a viewer shares her struggle with fibromyalgia and the pain of having people dismiss her condition as “all in her head.” Hosts Patricia Wu, Jessica Reyes, and guest psychotherapist Eryl McCaffrey offers advice on how to validate your own experience, communicate your needs to loved ones.

Your Pain Is Real

Self-validation is key when others don’t understand your illness.

 Ask For What You Need: Clear Communication is Key

Let loved ones know what kind of support you truly need (listening, practical help, etc.).

Finding Your Tribe

Finding a support group or community who understand can be life-changing.

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At the heart of MHTN - America's pioneering 24/7 Mental Health TV Network - is our editorial team, a dynamic group of professionals united by a shared commitment to transforming the conversation around mental health. Our team is composed of seasoned journalists, mental health experts, researchers, and storytellers, each bringing a wealth of experience and a passion for advocacy.


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