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What to do When someone You Know Has Mental Health Issues

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Fortunately, he met and fell in love with a girl who cares deeply for him, seeks mental health help, tells him when something is wrong with his head, and makes sure he gets the right things. drugs at the right time. and helps you cope with switching from one drug to another (sometimes requiring hospitalization due to side effects of the new drug). Although he still has a good day and a bad day, he is treated and protected against worsening symptoms.

Now, that doesn’t help her think about what it might be, but it can be an important and important lesson for others who are dealing with the realization that she or someone she knows might have. undiagnosed mental health issues.

Watch Out for the First Signs

If they withdraw or display increased drug and alcohol use, lack of interest in activities, lack of self-care, changes in appetite or mood, you should be aware that it may be act of early symptoms. Even if they don’t want help and you’re worried they’ll hate you for it, it’s best to get professional help as soon as possible because early diagnosis and treatment can mean it’s an experience. unique rather than something that bothers them. life!

Mention it!

There is a campaign to support the elimination of discrimination in mental health and its main objective is simply to keep talking about it. So you don’t have to be a doctor or a mental health professional to talk to someone about your mental health. Imagine for a second that you’ve been transposed into Earl’s karma-powered world. Or would we try to talk to them about what they’re doing if they don’t have the big picture of what’s happening to them?

The same goes for mental health issues: if you really care about someone, try talking to them about their situation. Don’t judge it, and don’t do it if you feel frustrated, angry, or excited about the situation. Make a note of trying to ask them in a relaxed way if they are aware of their idiosyncratic behavior, and also ask them if they need help with any of their problems or seek medical help. . † They may need reassurance that help will be forthcoming, rather than being locked away!

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I know from my friend that even though he is aware of his illness and some of his thoughts and worries are not true, he still often thinks that the medicine he is about to take is going to kill him (that someone is trying to poison him). ). )). Being able to talk about it and being reassured and encouraged to take the medications you know you will be taking makes a big difference in whether or not you can control your current level of symptoms. drugs that turn a sneeze from the current state into an unmanageable problem and, in the worst case, the need for hospitalization (which you absolutely do not want).

For someone on the fringes, not involved in day-to-day care or relationships, it’s always good to ask how your boyfriend or girlfriend is feeling! My boyfriend is often nervous about going out with us for fear that people will notice “how weird he is acting”. After asking him how he’s been feeling or how he’s been feeling lately when we all went out, he could tell he’s having trouble hiding his thoughts or he’s not feeling well and everyone is staring at him. I can honestly assure you that I really thought he did well and didn’t realize he was struggling. Or if one evening I notice that he looks a little embarrassed, it’s good to say “hi, how are you?” to tell about. and let him know it’s okay if you feel like he’s walking, or tell him it’s okay, etc. Why not talk about it if you could really benefit from the extra support?

Also, my friend who is dating a friend of mine who is in pain said that it can take a long time to deal with someone with serious mental health issues and it can be very helpful to have a group of people who can offer support. to go to meetings. with him, sit at his place so that he is not alone when he goes out, etc.

His top recommendations are also:

  • Be patient and consistent, someone struggling with something in their head may not be able to respond to you as quickly or at all. Maybe it’s too much with what they’re already trying to control.
  • Don’t be afraid of your diagnosis: many people don’t become dangerous just because of a diagnosis, they are more likely to hurt themselves or kill themselves than hurt others, but their overall personality is unlikely to change (e.g. aggressive person in public risk)
  • Believe it’s real to them – telling people to see things from your point of view doesn’t help. Imagine you’ve been talking to someone for 10 years and now you feel they’re wrong. You will probably believe that your world is real and their world is unreal!
  • You don’t have to worry about being frustrated, angry or upset about your partner/friend’s situation and yours as a caregiver! None of you would have chosen that. But try talking to strangers for help or advice instead of the patient, because they might stop trusting you. Seek help – you don’t want to hurt the patient!
  • Don’t neglect people’s physical needs: Psychiatric drugs can often have negative side effects on physical health, as well as mental symptoms, such as not remembering to eat or affecting the digestive system/nervous system/ memory loss. Try to encourage physical exams as well as mental health exams, because you don’t want to get to a point where physical health also negatively affects the person’s life.

Do Not Mention It!

That said, while it’s good to talk about mental health issues, it’s also important to learn when to drop a topic! Although patients desperately need specific help to deal with their symptoms or fears and problems, they do not always need to talk about their psychological issues once a course of action has been discussed. or presented.

Sometimes all the needy people who have been dealing with their problems for a long time withdraw from the situation to change the environment, relax from the selfishness of facing them and rejoice and distract themselves from the main situation. There is nothing more to do with people struggling with mental health issues than to even forget what they have, even if it is only for 20 minutes or a few hours.

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Feeling “normal” again (apparently), being part of the crowd and stopping to think about the things that bother them, whether it’s hearing a voice or worrying about having to turn off the stove. , or you feel frustrated by stress; in fact, removing your thoughts from these worries can do wonders.

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