Welcome back to our continued look at young adults and mental illness. In our previous post, we highlighted the signs and symptoms that friends and family should be aware of when it comes to the behaviors that can indicate a potential mental health concern. With thousands of young adults heading off to college campuses, military bases, and the workplace this fall, knowing what to look for is key. As we continue to examine this important topic, we turn our attention to the ways that friends and family can help those they suspect are struggling with their mental health. For the best depression therapy in Columbus, OH, call Legacy Freedom!
One of the biggest challenges that friends and family members will face is getting their loved one to admit there is an issue. Many young people are often in denial that something could be wrong. Overcoming the stereotypes and stigmas that are attached to mental illness can be difficult. Young people, especially, equate mental illness with failure. They struggle with the fear that they will disappoint parents, mentors, friend and partners if they admit to having a problem. Providing supportive and compassionate concern is the first step in helping your loved one begin their journey.
Begin with a conversation about what you have observed and share why you are concerned. Ask your friend or loved one if they have been experiencing any concerning symptoms. It is important to remember that those who experience hallucinations, either visually or auditorily, may have difficulty discerning that these things are not real. If the situation is non-life threatening, ask what you can do to help them get care. Many people are so overwhelmed by the process of selecting a provider because of insurance red tape that they never follow through. Making phone calls to establish which providers are in network or taking new patients can help alleviate some of the initial anxiety that many people feel.
In a case where mental health concerns are not new but symptoms or behaviors have changed the conversation can be a little more difficult. Sharing new concerns with the young person can help them bring these issues to the attention of their current mental health care professional. Again, asking for their feedback and helping to understand their concerns or hesitations can encourage them to speak with their provider. However, if they share that they are uncomfortable with their current therapist, offer to help them locate a new provider or help them verbalize the things that are making them uncomfortable.
Parents with young adult children should be aware of their families' mental health history. This knowledge is crucial and should be discussed with your adult children so that they can be aware of their behavior patterns. Identifying potential mental illnesses early on can drastically reduce the likelihood that the emerging mental health issue will disrupt work, school or military duties. Parents should also be prepared to answer questions about their own mental health in an open and honest way.
Educating yourself on mental illness and the most common signs will help you identify potential issues in your adult children or in the young adults in your life.
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