When Your Friends Do Not Understand Your Mental Health Issues
By: Stanley Popovich
You struggle with fear, anxiety, depression, or addiction. Eventually your relatives and closest friends find out about your mental health struggles. The problem is that some of them get on your case and they do not understand what you are going through.
As a result, here are six ways on how to deal with your friends regarding your mental health issues.
1. Listen to the professionals and not your friends: Your friends may mean well, but when it comes down to it, the professionals know your situation more than anyone. A counselor knows what you are going through and know how to deal with your situation. When you have questions about your mental health, consult with a mental health professional.
2. Your goal is to get better: Concentrate on how you can overcome your fears and anxieties. Don’t waste your time arguing with your friends or relatives who are giving you a difficult time. This isn’t a public relations event where you need to get approval from your friends. This is your life and you are the one suffering. Your main focus is to get better.
3. Tell your friends to learn about your situation: Explain to your friends and relatives that the best way for them to help you is to learn about your mental health issues. They could talk to a counselor, read some good books, or join a support group to better understand your situation. If your friends won’t make an effort, then stay away from them because they will only make things worse.
4. Distance yourself from those who give you a difficult time: Distance yourself from those who won’t make an effort to help understand what you are going through. You need to surround yourself with positive and supportive people. If you have problems or issues with a particular person, you can always ask your counselor for advice.
5. Join a local mental health support group: Go to a support group in your area and ask if anyone knows of a good counselor that can help you with your mental health issues. Many people who are active in these groups will be able to give you some names of people that can help you out.
6. Take advantage of the help that is available around you: If possible, talk to a professional who can help you manage your depression and anxieties. They will be able to provide you with additional advice and insights on how to deal with your current problem. By talking to a professional, a person will be helping themselves in the long run because they will become better able to deal with their problems in the future.
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