Helping A Family Member That Is Struggling With Mental Health

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It’s not uncommon in life to go through difficult periods. However, this differs for everyone and some people can experience rough patches for much longer, and people who are born with a  mental illness can experience difficulties throughout their lives. When it happens to a family member or a loved one it can be hard to know how to support them and make their lives easier and happier. There are many different approaches that you could take, and this article is going to explore a few ideas that could help you and the loved ones in your life that are struggling.

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Never dismiss an idea or feeling they present

When it comes to conditions like anxiety, depression, and even some illnesses like autism, ideas can flow into your head that might not make sense to someone who isn’t experiencing it themselves. Thoughts rush about and they can scare you, even if you know that the thoughts you’re having are irrational. One of the best ways of helping someone who seems to be having unusual thoughts and feelings is to encourage them to talk about it, and no matter how strange it seems to you to never dismiss their ideas. Sometimes getting feelings out in the open can help people through difficult times.



Get professional help

One of the first routes that you should consider going down is professional help. There are specialist Doctors that are trained to understand and help someone feel the best that they can mentally. If a loved one is acting out on their thoughts and feelings, it might be time to have an intervention for them to let them know that they are loved and you’re ready to support them. Check out the website All About Interventions and see how this route can help your loved one regain the strength they need.

Give them space

Sometimes people need space, especially if the mental health issues are due to a grievance that they are suffering. While you want to be there for your loved one, giving them space will allow them to sort out what’s going on in their head and allow them to grieve and bring themselves back from the road they are going down. It can be difficult, so make sure that even though you’re giving them space you’re making sure that they are coping well enough.

Research as much as possible

Finally, learning about the mental health conditions that your loved one is going through can help you better understand their thoughts and actions. For example, someone with anxiety might stare for what seems like an eternity and for someone who doesn’t understand, this can be disturbing or annoying. Learn what you can to help out where you can.

As you can see, it’s much easier than you think to help the person in your life that’s struggling with their mental health. Remember, if you feel like you’re declining in your own health to always seek help and that you’re never alone!

 

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Father to 3 with Autism and husband to my best friend. Oh...and creator fo this blog. :-)

  

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