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15 Ways To Support a Loved One with Serious Mental Illness | Psych Central
 

15 Ways To Support a Loved One with Serious Mental Illness | Psych Central

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Supporting a loved one with mental illness presents many challenges. But one of them isn't blame. It's important for families "to learn that they didn't cause and they can't cure it," according to Harriet Lefley, Ph.D, professor at the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine who's worked with families for 25 years. Still, how you treat your loved one has a big impact on their well-being. "But their behaviors can exacerbate the symptoms," she said. In fact, Dr. Lefley cited a large amount of literature on expressed emotion that found that patients of families who expressed hostility and criticism toward their loved one (e.g., believing the patient was lazy) or were emotionally overinvolved (e.g., "I'd give my left arm if he'd get well") were more likely to relapse. Below, Lefley and Barry Jacobs, PsyD, director of behavioral sciences at the Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program, Springfield, PA and author of
 
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Madhubabu kaaja, thank you for your insights on this topic. Actions do speak louder than words and the mere active presence of a loved one is comforting enough for almost all patients. One of our roles as health care providers is to facilitate the involvement of relatives and friends in the recuperation of a patient. Doing so will help motivate the patient in compliance with medications and strive to recover quick...
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Jemelyn Mae Sodusta As for your second comment, researching about a loved ones illness will not help relatives cope but also accept the burden of illness. It is important for healthcare providers to involve the family members in the therapeutic and non-therapeutic management of an illness. If the patient cannot safely decide treatment options, it is very essential to involve the family members in the therapeutic ...
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Jemelyn Mae Sodusta Thank you for sharing your thoughts about the topic. It is great that you have mentioned that even family members are in denial of the presence of mental illness among family members. This scenario happens commonly and it further delays seeking treatment. It is important that a patient's support group is the one convincing the patient to consult a psychiatrist to identify significant stres...
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Priscilla Mae Gobuyan Thank you for sharing your thoughts about this topic. You have stressed the importance of being knowledgeable of a family member's condition as the best way to empathize. I agree that is true as further understanding of an illness will help one accept a patient's sudden change in behavior. This is particularly true in patients who have depression as a consequence of limitations impos...
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Burden of illness on immediate family members and support groups is a topic that we often inadvertently overlook in the healthcare setting. It is very important to engage family members and friends, when accompanying patients, into the treatment program. In the Philippines, this is commonly a non-issue as family members willingly support their loved ones during time of illness. I wonder if our neighboring countries face the issue of support abandonment when there are mental or health issues surr...
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