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Helping Those You Love With Their Mental Health

Helping Those You Love With Their Mental Health | Blog Simplicity in Vogue | @ByAndreaB - wellness, wellbeing, depression, anxiety

Watching someone that you care deeply suffering from a mental health problem can be tough. The great news is that there are things that you can do and strategies you can use to help them alleviate their suffering and be as supportive as possible. As someone who suffers from anxiety, it can be really annoying when someone doesn't understand you and try to minimize what you're feeling. Read on to find out what you can do to help.


Do talk to them about how they are feeling


It can be intimidating to discuss how a person you care about is feeling with them if they have a mental health problem. However, providing them with a space in which they can be honest about their experience is something precious.

In fact, this space can not only help to ensure that the person feels heard but can also provide an insight into what they are feeling and what action to take that would be the most helpful.

Don’t judge or dismiss their experience


A massive mistake that we can make when dealing with someone suffering from mental illness is to dismiss or minimize their experience. In fact, it seems to be common practice to say things like: “But you have so much good in your life,” and “People have it so much worse than you.”

Of course, this is never helpful and can actually make the person in question feel guilty about their mental health, and compound their problem.

Do help them to get some specialized assistance


One thing that can be helpful when it comes to assisting those that you love with their mental health is to encourage them to get some help that is specific to them and the issue that they are experiencing.

The reason being that there are many different mental health conditions and many kinds of people, and the treatment for these are certainly not a one size fits all situation. In fact, treatments that might work brilliantly for an adult may not be so useful when applied to someone younger, and the same goes for therapy designed to deal with depression, being used to treat anxiety disorders.

To that end, it's crucial that you assist your loved ones in seeking specialized help such as this teen anxiety treatment that is available for younger people. Then the treatment will match the individual and the issue they are facing and will be much more effective.

Don’t define them solely by their disorder


Guess what? People that have mental health disorders such as depression, OCD, GAD, and borderline personality disorder, to name just a few are not only defined by their problems. In fact, each person is way more than their disorder and to be limited only by this can not only be disheartening, but really annoying as well.



To that end, when interacting with loved ones that have a mental health problem try to keep an open mind, and don't just assume that whatever they're saying is coming from a disordered place. After all, there aren't just their disorder but a human being as well, and therefore deserve to be listened to, and treated as such.

I hope this article was helpful to you. Let me know in the comments what you think about it. :)

See you soon! 

xx,
Andrea

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