3 tips for dealing with mental illness in the family

We are surrounded by anxiety, uncertainty, and violent situations. Social networks and television often fuel our problems. Here's how to deal with a mental health problem in your family

Mental illness is an evil that can occur in anyone without distinction. In fact, between 25% and 40% of the world population suffer at least one episode of depression, anxiety, or panic during their lives, according to some WHO studies.

What to do in these cases?

It is possible to make a positive contribution to the situation by following some recommendations, such as

1. Don't overlook

Mental health affects one in every three Americans. However, more than 50% of people who have them do not know what is happening to them. There is a deep-rooted tendency to misdiagnose mental health problems that are confused with transient situations or mixed with mere symptoms such as alcohol or drug abuse.

Mental health can be overlooked

2. Educate yourself

If you know more about what you are dealing with, you might have more clarity and also understood the situation better. Disbelief, sadness, fear, and other feelings generated by news of mental illness diagnosed to a loved one will decrease as the disorder and its treatment are identified.

3. Encourage your family to be a part of the treatment

Fear and uncertainty is something that can bring the family closer together around the person who has a mental illness. Experts agree that a sense of unity and family is a positive thing that should be harnessed. Naturally, always with medical help.

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