5 Things To Keep In Mind While Trying To Help Someone Who Is Suffering
Updated: Apr 26, 2019
Throughout the last fifteen years, I have talked to thousands of people suffering from anxiety, OCD, depression and other types of mental health difficulties. Just when I thought I heard it all, I would then hear a story that would shock me to my core.
If you have a family member, friend, or someone you care about going through anxiety there are five essential things to keep in mind:
1. Never, ever belittle the suffering that they are enduring. Just because you cannot relate to what they are going through does not mean on any level that what they are going through is any different than what you can relate to.
2. Never, ever belittle any progress that they show, no matter how small. What you may think is the smallest obstacle to overcome may be a mountain for them. They can use all the encouragement they can receive.
3. Don’t pretend that you know what they are going through if you have never experienced something similar yourself.
4. Telling them to “shake it off,” is like telling someone with a broken leg to, “walk it off.” Once again, don’t belittle what they are going through just because you cannot relate.
5. Sometimes the best thing you can do is simply sit down and listen without trying to provide solutions.
Everyone suffers in their own way and even if you cannot relate to what they are going through make sure that they know that you care.
Always keep in mind...
Step number one in dealing with a mental health issue is reaching out for professional help (Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Therapist, etc.).
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If you are experiencing a mental health crisis please call 911 or visit your hospital immediately.
When you’re in a place in your life where you can make positive changes, the techniques Jeremy delivers on this website, in his presentations and in his books may help.