“There’s no question that if someone is suffering from mental illness, that can contribute to the choices they’re making in their life,” Dr. Phil says. “But we make a real mistake if we ever fail to require of someone the absolute most that they can do.”

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He says that no matter what a person’s disability is – mental or physical – they need to do everything they are capable of doing. “It’s an insult to their life and their spirit if we don’t do that,” he continues.

Hear more in the video above, including how you can help someone suffering from a mental illness.

“Don’t let them hide behind that and excuse them being productive, excuse them being meaningful members of the family, being honest, being contributing members,” Dr. Phil says.” That’s not what mental illness is all about.”

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