Many people with mental health disorders often suffer in silence. They keep their condition to themselves until it is too late. Yet, studies have shown that early treatment can improve the progress of recovery for these people. However, late detection or delaying treatment can cause the condition to worsen. Here are somethings that can help.
Don't isolate yourself socially. Share your condition with someone you trust. You may wish to share with them your feelings of fear or uncertainty, or simply help them to understand how they can support you in your rehabilitation. Talk to your doctor or healthcare professional about your condition. You can join a support group to share your experiences with others who have the same condition as you. Most importantly, follow up on your treatment to improve and manage your condition.
Remember that mental health conditions can be treated, and you play a very important role in helping your loved one to progress and recover. Offer support and empathy for the person with a mental health condition. Mental health conditions are no different from any other health conditions. It is not your fault that your loved one has the condition and you can help by accepting and learning more about the condition. If your loved one has not yet started treatment, encourage him/her to seek help from professionals, such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, counsellor or doctor, as early as possible. You may learn more from other caregivers here.
You may want to get in touch with agencies that provide job placement for persons with mental health conditions, to find out more about the job opportunities and prepare yourself for work. If you are worried that you may not be able to cope with a full-time job, choose part-time work first. Let yourself get used to working life before you switch to a full-time job. Continue to take part in social gatherings and leisure activities even when you're looking for jobs or have started work. Social interaction gives us a chance to enhance our social skills and become more comfortable meeting new people.
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