On the average, mental illness kills more people than physical illness. Research proves that people with serious life threatening diseases like asthma, arthritis, angina, and cancer are less at risk compared to those who are suffering from depression. The good news is that there are treatments to cure individuals of such depressive mental conditions. The bad news is that people refuse to undergo such treatment or professional therapy even if it’s FREE; according to Betterhelp, they do not realize it is something more serious. In a more conservative society, any such therapy to treat depression is found to be a more personal concept.
If you find that your loved one, a parent, a guardian, a friend or a co-worker is going through any kind of psychological disturbance and needs complete care or support beyond what you can provide, below are some ways for encouraging a person to seek professional therapy.
“Love is the root of what brings each and every one of us to therapy—the need to understand love, the hunger and desperation to find love and experience love, the desire to love and the desire to be loved.” Stacy Donn Cristo, LMHC says.
At first, one needs to identify when a loved one requires proper professional help. Before advising the person to seek help, try to mark the person’s behavioral changes, physical changes and how often the person is participating in social meetings. Other reasons for concern include sleeping disorders, changes in weight and other disorders. Once these indications are noticed, a person may proceed to encourage in the following ways given below:
- Tell the person that the problem he is facing is very normal: Talk to the person and don’t force him/her to seek professional help in the beginning. Try to convince the person by saying that whatever he is facing is normal. Convince him that there is nothing to feel ashamed about. Remind him that this problem is very common to his age, gender, nationality, and society by referring to someone you may know. This will help the person relate his issue and will somehow console him. Give logics for this normatively. “Be supportive and let them know it is not that you think something is wrong with them, but that you want them to have some help with their current challenges. Sometimes, people who are depressed want help but don’t know how to get started,” says Vara Saripalli, PsyD.
- Let the person know that relationships you share matter a lot. Make him/her aware of their importance and try to build confidence. Let them know how much they matter to you and others in his/her life. Remind them that professional therapy won’t hurt emotions. Instead, the therapy will improve their mental state by curing anxiety issues, and phobias, thereby resulting in improved relationships.
- Make them aware that the problem is a reason of medical condition. Let the person know that depression or mental illness is a medical condition and can be treated like other conditions. Try to make a convincing conversation and do not use defensive language. Explain to them that it’s just like if they suffer from fever, They consult a doctor. Similarly, professional therapy will attempt to cure his mental illness. “Depression is real and painful. Just because you can’t see or touch it doesn’t make it any less real.” As explained by Charmaine J. Simmons, LPC.
- Let the person know how the illness is affecting other activities. Mental illness or depression though it involves psychological disturbance, may often interrupt other activities and ultimately harm relationships. Let the person know how the intense feeling is affecting how he interacts with other people, how his/her work performance is diminishing. If she is a mother, let her know how her profound feelings are disturbing her daily household activities. The key is that “change is baseline”. And it will be best if the person immediately seeks professional therapy in order to maintain things in their proper place.
To conclude, therapy improves people with depression in a variety of ways. There are different therapies depending on the person’s illness. If a person is ashamed of seeking professional help at centers, they may call the therapist at his/her own place. Professional therapy reveals a person internally and the results are long-term. Deciding to seek a therapist works effectively. Any person experiencing unusual behavior would benefit from therapy.