Be Patient and Understanding There will be days when your partner seems like a completely different person than he or she was on the first day that you met. Be Encouraging Dealing with a mental illness or disorder can be one of the most debilitating and discouraging experiences someone can endure. Do Not Compare It is not uncommon to know multiple people who are dealing with or who have dealt with conditions that are similar to what your partner is going through. No Comments Jan 31, No Comments Nov 29, No Comments Oct 14, Becky Blanton May 2, Reply. Lakeisha McDowell June 25, Reply.