May Is Mental Health Awareness Month: Is My Family Member Mentally Ill?
Families may worry about a loved one’s mental health. Changes in mood, personality differences, worries and fears, strange thoughts, anger issues, unusual habits, sleeping or eating too much, and more. Is it mental illness? Not necessarily. Does their behavior interfere with their daily activities? Is their social life or occupational functioning adversely affected? If you are concerned about another’s mental health, the best first step is to speak with a professional counselor/EAP to discuss the issues. You can then determine next steps, including how to influence your loved one to get help. Mental illness is common, and one in five people will experience a mental illness in any given year, but a supportive loved one is often the path to early and successful help.
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