By Stan Popovich
Discussing your mental health problems with your friends might be an option for you.
Are you having trouble explaining your mental health problems to family and friends?
If so, here are six suggestions on how to discuss your mental health issues with your friends and relatives.
# 1 Talk to a counselor
The most important thing you need to do is speak to a counselor about your mental health problems. Finding professional help goes a long way in overcoming your current problems. In addition, a counselor can provide additional advice on how to interact with your friends and family members.
# 2: Don’t argue with others
It’s important that you don’t get into an argument with those who are making it difficult for you. Getting your life going again is your number one priority. Your health is more important than what other people might think.
# 3 watch who you hang out with:
It’s important to surround yourself with positive people. Try to keep your distance from the people who are giving you a difficult time. Remember, your goal is to stay positive and hopeful. Don’t let the negative people in your life rush you.
# 4 Know that you are not alone
It can be very frustrating dealing with your mental health issues when your friends and relatives are with you. Remember, you are not alone. There are millions of people around the world struggling with their fears, anxieties, and depression. The key is to find the people who can relate to you.
# 5 Get up
It is important to assert yourself around family members and friends who make it difficult for you. Explain your situation and your feelings to the people in your life, but do not let them bother you. Your number one priority is getting better and not pleasing everyone you know.
# 6 Join a support group:
There are many mental health support groups in your area that can help you. Many hospitals, churches, and counselors in your area can provide lists of groups. These mental health organizations are here to help and can provide additional advice about your problems.
Discussing your mental health problems with friends can be important in helping you move forward. Did you have any challenges? Feedback, comment, share
Stan Popovich is the author of the popular book “Dealing with Anxiety”, “A Layperson’s Guide to Dealing with Anxiety”. For more information on Stan’s book and free mental health advice, visit Stan’s website at http://www.managingfear.com