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The internet was abuzz with Amanda Bynes’ most recent and perhaps most troubling selfie. I won’t wade into whether or not I think this is real or she’s just trolling the entire Internet.
I’d rather talk about what you can do if your girlfriend starts acting crazy.
When I say “crazy,” I mean certifiably mentally ill. I’m not talking about her doing the types of things women normally do that men don’t understand.
Here are a few pointers on how you can deal when your girlfriend starts losing it.
The first thing you need to do is evaluate whether or not she’s actually being crazy.
Is she in a bad mood? Does she act strangely around the time of her period? Does she have a lot on her mind due to work and other stressors?
Don’t jump to conclusions. She might be acting crazy, or she might just be having a bit of a rough time.
Evaluate what’s going on with her before you decide she’s acting crazy.
If you look at the situation and decide things are a little off, it’s time to talk to your girlfriend.
See if anything is going on with her you don’t know about. There’s a good chance she’s under some kind of stress that’s making her behave strangely.
She might just need someone to talk to. What better person for that than you?
“Ask her friends if they think she’s
been acting a little weird.”
Ask her friends if they think she’s been acting a little weird.
I know a guy whose girlfriend literally had a psychotic break. At first he thought she was just acting a little funny, but after speaking to her friends, they all decided there was more going on than that.
You might be concerned about going behind her back, but if she’s actually acting a bit crazy, you might be doing her a disservice by not talking to the people closest to her.
You might not be enough in terms of someone to talk to. She might need professional help.
There’s a stigma in our society surrounding mental health that often prevents people from seeking out the care they need to get by.
You can be a great boyfriend by encouraging her to seek the help she needs to get through a difficult period in her life.
If she’s having a hard time of it and is seeking help, that’s great. Now it’s your turn to offer her support to help her get through it.
This can be something very concrete like giving her a ride to her therapist appointments. Or it can be something a little more vague like just being there for her – whatever that might mean.
It also means you need to take care of yourself. Make sure you’re exercising, getting to work on time, taking your vitamins and all that stuff. We’re in no position to support others when we aren’t supporting ourselves.
No matter how things go, you’re going to have to move on.
She might get the help she needs and start feeling better. She might claim nothing is wrong and act crazier and crazier.
Either way, you need to move on, whether that means letting the past be the past or moving toward the door.
At the end of the day, you need to look out for yourself.