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Your mental health can impact your loved ones

Millions of people in the U.S. are affected by mental illness each year. It’s important to measure how common mental illness is we can understand its physical and social impact. Individuals who are suffering from mental illness can find that their condition can hurt their relationships with those close to them. Northern Essex Community College students recently shared their opinion on this topic.

Jocelyn Avila Frias is a student from Northern Essex Community College and she observes that some family members can notice when you are depressed or not feeling your happiest. Avile Frias states her opinion about this, “I am very close to my family, I’m very vocal about my feelings so usually they are aware when I am feeling down mentally,” she said. It is important to be close to your family so if anything goes wrong with you, they can be a helping hand when you are feeling low.

Poor mental health can affect your relationships with your loved ones in many ways. Avila Frias claims, “I do believe that mental health is vital in all your relationships in life. You cannot love people the right way if you are not healthy mentally.”   The support of loved ones can help people and improve their mental health. Friass says, “Just listening to me rant or express my feelings without judgment is useful.” Having someone to listen to is always helpful and can make people feel better.

There are many places to go find help if you are dealing with mental health challenges and you have nobody to talk to about it. Avila Frias said, “Maybe look for a therapist.’’Talking to a therapist and getting professional help is the best.

Having bad mental health can affect your relationship with your loved ones. According to the Alpha Healing Center research says that those who are suffering from mental illness agree that their condition has harmed their relationships with their close ones.

Loved ones can make your relationship better or worse. One research study found that most of their patients with a serious mental illness reported that their families were their primary source of strength. The website Banyan Mental Health states ” For some, it may make the relationship worse. Their loved ones may not understand what they are going through and may not know how to support them. Or they may make them feel worse because they say to ‘suck it up.’ For some, it may make it better. They may have loved ones who are supportive, and it can strengthen that relationship if they feel they have someone they can be open with.”

Problems with your family can arise when your relationships with your loved ones are rocky and could make your mental health problems worse. In contrast, when your family supports you, your mental health could show fast improvements.

Loved ones can help or make your mental health better in many ways.  Better communication strengthens relationships, and it help individuals by improving mental health.

There are great places to go to seek help for your mental health. Your primary care doctor is also a fantastic person to talk to if you think you may need to see somebody about your mental health and can usually give you the name of a psychologist or psychiatrist to contact.

Some family members can notice when you are depressed or not doing well mentally. Loved ones should not give up when supporting a family member who won’t get help for depression. Depression does not just go away. If suicidal thoughts cross an individual’s mind, emergency assistance should be called for immediately according to Alliance Scotland.

Mariam Saldivar, a student from Northern Essex Community College, shares that she has felt nervous about sharing her emotions. Her major is in journalism/communications and she is from the Dominican Republic. Saldivar said, “I’m very good at hiding my emotions.”

Hiding your emotions can be difficult but is easy for most people to do. They are scared. They do not know how you will react, and they do not want to create a negative view of themself. They do not trust you to the degree that they can share their emotions with you. Some don’t believe that anyone would care if they did show emotions.

Having bad mental health can sometimes affect your relationship with your loved ones. There may be no relationships more affected by mental health than the intimate relationships between partners.  Saldivar shared her opinion about that saying, “Of course, it can put in the distance because if you’re not open especially, they won’t be understanding why you act the way you do.’’ It brings distance and miscommunications with others around them who don’t know what’s going on with you.

There are moments when a loved one can make your relationship better or worse.  There are many people with mental health conditions in loving and nurturing relationships who share their lives with their partners, often raising families with them.  They help loved ones trying to cheer them up. It can use when they are feeling like their mental health. Any kind of issue has been difficult for them to go through alone.  Saldivar claims, “I think they can make it better.” That’s is correct they can make it better by helping their loved ones feel understood

Loved ones can help you or make your mental health worse. Helping your loved ones by listening to life experiences and asking about how you can help them is a good technique. Mental health conditions don’t typically go away on their own, and your loved one deserves excellent help.

Where can you go to seek help for your mental health? Websites like Good can help you find a therapist who specializes in your loved one’s specific issue.

Saldivar claims speaking with a family member helps her, adding she can confide in her mom and “like three people. Those are the only beings I trust.” Speaking to your family members or ones you trust is the best way to seek help and need a person whom you can express yourself.

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