Talking about mental illness can be difficult for many people, especially when it comes to addressing someone else’s mental health. The stigma of seeking mental health help is waning, and more and more families are working to become advocates for their loved ones with mental illnesses.
The most difficult challenge these family’s face is knowing when to involve professionals in their loved one’s care. It is a delicate balance between getting the help their loved one needs and feeling as though they have overstepped, or betrayed their loved one’s trust by sharing their struggles with someone outside of the family unit. However, the most important thing to remember is that mental illness does not just go away.
The support of family and friends is crucial to our patient’s success, long-term mental health, and overall well-being. Patients with supportive families are more likely to complete treatment programs, participate in additional support groups, be compliant with medications, and become advocates for their own mental health care.
At Legacy Freedom of Charlotte, we know how important family is. Our holistic approach allows for alternative therapies like aromatherapy, life coaching, and equestrian therapy to be used in combination with traditional talk therapy and medication management. Legacy also offers friends and family support groups so that everyone can receive the support and care they need. So when you need a psychologist in Charlotte, NC that you can trust, call Legacy Freedom.
When it comes to a loved one's mental health, early intervention is also important. Providing support, guidance and connecting your loved one with professional mental health care is the key to long-term success. Knowing how to recognize signs is key. Below you'll find the nine signs that indicate your loved one may have a mental illness:
- Substance abuse – This can be used as a coping mechanism for many people with mental illness.
- Changes in feelings or behaviors – Ongoing or significant changes in their thinking patterns, feelings or behaviors could indicate a developing mental health issue. Trust your gut, if something isn’t quite right chances are it’s time to talk about mental health.
- Emotional outbursts – Sudden, dramatic outbursts can be a symptom of mental illness.
- Difficulty sleeping – Insomnia or sleeping too much can be a sign of various mental illnesses including anxiety and depression.
- Feeling depressed or unhappy consistently.
- Becoming quiet or withdrawn from family, friends and activities.
- Sudden weight or appetite changes – Rapid fluctuations can indicate an eating disorder or depression.
- Constant anxiety or worry – It’s normal to feel anxious from time to time, but anxiety that brings other symptoms like heart palpitations, insomnia, headaches or shortness of breath may indicate a more severe form of anxiety that needs intervention.
- Feelings of guilt or worthlessness – These are classic indicators of depression and should be treated as serious. If you feel that your friend or loved one is suicidal, please seek help immediately.
Knowing when to seek help for your loved one is difficult in some cases. It all begins with a conversation with them. Approach this conversation in a calm and non-confrontational manner. Be ready to listen and be receptive to what your friend or family member is they're sharing with you. Remember, as difficult as it is to hear what they are saying, it is equally difficult for them to admit these things to you and to themselves.
Here are ways you can make the conversation about mental health easier:
- Accept that they may not want to talk about this with you. If they do not, ask who they would like to talk to. Help connect them with that person.
- Offer to help them find more information about what they have been experiencing.
- Let them know you care and that you are concerned.
- Communicate in a straightforward way. No alluding to things or letting them fill in the blanks. Be kind but firm.
- Know what resources exist for someone who is in crisis. If you believe your loved one is suicidal seek professional help right away.
Affordable Family Psychologist in Charlotte, NC
Legacy Freedom of Charlotte, NC is ready to help your loved one begin their healing journey. Our holistic approach to mental health treats the whole person, not just the mental illness. One call starts you or your loved on the path to living your best life. Call today.