Have you noticed lately that your loved one has not been behaving like their usual self? Or you know that your loved one needs help in the form of therapy? Do you see them moving towards a self-destructive pattern of behavior? Do you want your loved one to join therapy for their mental health issues?
But you really don’t know how to talk to them without either raising alarm bells or forcing them to retrieve in their shell? Then, this article is for you. Here we discuss some tips that can be helpful in nudging your loved one to start therapy.
Understanding mental health issues: It is not enough to know that your loved one may be battling a mental health disorder. It is important to understand the disease. Research the mental health problem to study its symptoms, the kind of therapies available, the treatment options available and the success rate of managing a mental health disorder. Number of resources that offer the right information are easily available to help you.
Empathize with them: Once you have understood the mental health disorder, you can approach your loved one with empathy. Try not to be judgmental; remember a mental health disease can plague anyone and it is not a moral flaw. Talk in a neutral voice with an open mind. Once, your loved one starts trusting you, it is more likely that they would trust your advice also.
Be honest: This might sound tough, but be honest with your loved one. Help them understand that their health is important and it effects the people around them. Tell them that if they learn to manage their mental health disorder, it would be easier for others around them to help them and take care of them. Also, tell them that there is no justification for a mental health disorder. It could afflict anybody.
Enlist help: It is not necessary to talk to your loved one alone. You can enlist the help of other loved ones, people your loved one trusts, professionals, or even their religious leaders. Showing them that you care would help them come out of denial and accept that they need therapy.
Provide Intervention: Before you start talking to your loved one, research mental health treatment centers offering evidence-based treatment programs. And while you are talking to them, shortlist these to suit the needs and requirements of your loved one. Once they are convinced, do not lose time in getting them admitted if required.
The road ahead
Remember that convincing your loved one to seek therapy will not be a one-day or one-time conversation. It would take a lot of effort and multiple attempts to convince them. It would take time to win their trust. It is also possible, that they themselves want to seek therapy but were looking for your support. Even after convincing them, they would look forward to your continued support to help them through their recovery journey. So, before you start the conversation, be prepared to stand beside them whenever and however needed. Alternatively, you can seek help from professionals.
At Medical Concierge, we understand that mental health disorders are serious conditions and require early intervention for effective management. We can help you choose the right treatment plan for your loved one and customize it to suit their needs. We offer integrated treatment programs comprising medication management, counseling, and therapy. For more information about our mental health treatment programs, call our 24/7 helpline 877-636-0042 and talk to an admission counselor. Alternatively, you can also chat online with our representative for further guidance.