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Caring for Someone With a Mental Illness: How Family Support Can Help

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If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, it’s important to remember that you are not alone. Data from the World Health Organization suggest that there are 60 million people in the world with bipolar disorder and 21 million with schizophrenia, but the figure reaches 300 million if we talk about depression. Thus said, mental illness affects a lot of people, and there are resources that can help you in caring for someone with a mental illness.


It’s Important to Remember That You Are Not Alone

It can be hard to know what to do when struggling with mental health issues, and it’s even harder if you don’t feel like you have anyone to turn to. Knowing that you’re not alone in your struggles is an important first step toward finding the help and support that you need.

Knowing that there are others out there who share similar experiences can help provide a sense of hope and solidarity. Seeking out support groups or therapy sessions where individuals discuss their shared challenges provides an opportunity for connection and a chance to gain insight from those with similar life experiences. Finding professional resources like individual counselors, psychiatrists, or mental health treatment centers in Florida may also prove helpful.

It’s also important not to forget that there are things you can do on your own to help manage mental health issues. Taking up hobbies, talking with friends, and engaging in mindfulness activities like breathing exercises or even journaling can be helpful to your mental health.

At the end of the day, just remember that you’re not alone in this. You have your friends and of course, your family as your first support system!

How Can the Family Help and Care For

Someone With a Mental Illness?

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Facing a mental illness is not a matter that concerns only the person who suffers from it, but involves the entire family. Orlando Treatment Solutions understands the challenges you might face and is here to help by providing you with guidance. Whether you’re providing a lot of assistance or very little, the information here can help you better understand the issues that you might face in taking care of someone with a mental illness.

Getting Informed

Ignorance is the general pattern of mental illness and is the reason why many disorders go unnoticed, which results in more severe consequences or even suicide. Misunderstanding and misinformation have been dragged along for years.

As a family member, one must know what mental illness the loved one is suffering from and consider how they are experiencing it. Questions such as what causes it, what are the symptoms, and what could be the prognosis and treatment options should be answered. The more information you have about the disease, the better you understand the member of your family.

Supporting Recovery

When your family member is ready for admission at a rehab center, always be there to support them.  Encourage your family member to follow the treatment plan. This might mean talking to the healthcare professionals so you can get instructions on what to do, including helping them come to terms with the disease, offering transportation to therapy sessions, or providing reminders to take medications as prescribed.

Be careful because everything you say can have an impact on your loved ones. This aspect is especially important for someone who is going through a rough time. You must avoid language that is centered on comparison, pity, or justification. You have to show that they are not alone, that they are not to blame, and that they have your full support.

It is also important to celebrate small achievements. It is a powerful way to boost mental well-being and encourage positive behavior changes in your loved one. It helps them stay motivated and engaged in activities that lead to more meaningful accomplishments over time.

Explaining to Children

If there are children in the family unit, it is better to explain them in a simple and clear way. Children may tend to have more questions about mental illness. It is important to answer these questions honestly and openly in order to help the child understand the situation.

Additionally, it is important to explain to them that people with mental illnesses are not dangerous; and that their condition does not define them. Let the children know that these people only need extra care and understanding, and with the right support and treatment, they can recover. It can be difficult for children to process the diagnosis of a family member, so reassuring them and being patient in explaining it to them will play an important role.

Don’t Forget Yourself

If you are caring for a loved one who has a mental condition, it is also important to also look after yourself.

Take a break from time to time. It can be as simple as a nice walk to clear your mind. You can also build a leisure place at home where family members can enjoy and unwind occasionally.

Most importantly, you should learn to recognize the symptoms of stress or anxiety in your family member. There are crisis prevention groups that can help if you think you cannot do it alone. Taking care of someone with a mental illness can lead to physical and emotional exhaustion, so don’t feel bad if you ask for help and support too! You are already a hero with everything you bring to the table.

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At our addiction and mental health treatment center in Florida, we treat each patient as a member of our own family. Our compassionate team is here to support and help each individual recover from mental illness. We offer weekly support group therapy every Wednesday for families and adult loved ones of people with mental health conditions. Learn more about our family support group today.




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